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DMK renominates Raja, Maran; denies ticket to Alagiri

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 12, 2018

DMK chief M Karunanidhi announces the party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Monday. -- M. Prabhu

The DMK has renominated former Telecom Minister A Raja from Nilagiri constituency.

The DMK has nominated former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran from the Chennai Central seat.

DMK supremo M Karunanidhi today renominated former telecom minister and 2G scam accused A Raja for the April 24 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, while sending a strong message to rebels in the party by denying a ticket to his son M K Alagiri.

Another former telecom minister and also an accused in the 2G scam, Dayanidhi Maran, too was renominated by the party chief.

Raja (Nilagiri-SC) and Maran (Central Chennai) have been allotted the same constituencies they represent in the current Lok Sabha.

DMK in its list of 35 candidates released here, including for the lone seat in Puducherry, rejected renomination to 10 sitting MPs and favoured only eight, including T R Baalu to seek re-election.

Karunanidhi, while releasing the list at a hurriedly convened press conference, said five seats have been allocated to its allies VCK, IUML, MMK and PT.

The party not only denied a ticket to Madurai constituency MP and its strongman in the southern parts Alagiri, whom it suspended from the DMK in January for acts of indiscipline, but also to his supporters, D Napolean (Perambalur) and J K Rithieesh (Ramanathapuram).

Baalu, who represented Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha seat, has shifted to Thanjavur. T K S Elangovan will contest from South Chennai instead of North Chennai, the seat he currently holds.

Answering queries from presspersons, Karunanidhi stoutly defended fielding Raja and Maran, saying “charges against them are weak”.

Evading a direct reply to Alagiri’s reported remarks that he was in touch with his supporters to float a new party, and that he may take a decision in a month or two about it, the DMK patriarch shot back saying, “this (press conference) is intended to announce the DMK candidates list. Please do not ask hurting questions”.

He announced V Veluchamy for Madurai, currently being represented by Alagiri.

Flanked by his son and daughter, Stalin and Kanimozhi, besides DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan among others, Karunanidhi said today’s list was subject to change, seen as an indication that some more allies could join his party-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA).

He however said no parleys had been held with the two Left parties, CPI-M and CPI, who had walked out of the AIADMK alliance last week, miffed over the Jayalalithaa-led party’s approach towards seat-sharing talks.

Asked if his party would set a time-frame for the Left to consider joining the DPA, he said a ‘democratic and straight-forward’ party like his DMK cannot set terms in this regard.

Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats.

When presspersons sought to know if the Congress could join DPA, he said he had only come across media reports in this regard.

Published on March 10, 2014

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