Chennai: Fearing possible fallout of the 2G
spectrum scam among urbanites, the DMK top leadership on Thursday
moved away from its traditional bastion of Chennai to safer
seats with party president M Karunanidhi himself shifting to
Cauvery delta to contest from his home turf of Tiruvarur.
Party`s No.2 in hierarchy, General Secretary K Anbazhagan
was allotted Villiwakkam segment where the party had secured
considerable lead in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Karunanidhi`s heir apparent and Deputy Chief Minister, M
K Stalin, was earmarked suburban Kolathur, considered to be
DMK`s stronghold as the segment gave a lead of over 20,000
votes to party`s North Chennai MP TKS Elangovan in the 2009
The switch in constituencies also comes about against the
backdrop of DMK`s poll graph showing a downward spiral during
the last two assembly polls in Chennai.
In 2006, the party managed to get only seven of the 14
seats it had contested. This time, the party has liberally
given seats to its allies, Congress (5) and one each to PMK,
IUML and VCK and Perunthalaivar Makkal Katchi.
In a bid to infuse young blood, the party has fielded 58
new faces. Women candidates figure in 11 constituencies with
all the three Ministers including Dr Poongothai Aladi Aruna, a
close friend of DMK MP and Karunanidhi`s daughter Kanimozhi,
Two party seniors and Ministers Arcot N Veeraswamy and
Ko.Si.Mani were not given tickets citing their ill-health as
reasons. The party has given tickets to the wards of late NVN
Somu and DMK Parliamentary Party Leader, TR Baalu.
Somu`s daughter, Dr Kanimozhi, has been named as party`s
nominee for the Madhavaram seat while Baalu`s son, TRB Raja,
an industrialist, will contest from Mannargudi.
The party has fielded an unknown face, N Anand, to take
on AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in Srirangam.