Chennai: The ruling AIADMK has decided to field VR Karthik Thondaiman in the bypoll to Pudukkottai assembly seat, which fell vacant following the death of CPI MLA SP Muthukumaran in a road mishap on April 1.
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa made the announcement about Thondaiman, who is also the Pudukottai Municipality Chairman and district MGR Youth Wing leader.
The Election Commission is yet to announce the poll schedule for the constituency.
The AIADMK has already started warm-up exercises for the by-election with senior leaders of the party convening a district-level meet in Pudukkottai sometime back.
In the 2011 assembly elections, Muthukumaran of CPI in the AIADMK-led alliance, defeated DMK candidate Periyannan Arasu. But, the AIADMK and CPI had parted ways for the civic polls.