Chennai: Campaign came to an end on Friday for
the March 18 byelection to Sankarankoil Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu witnessing a four-cornered contest.
Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa undertook
a whirlwind tour of the constituency addressing as many as ten
public meetings to garner support support for her party
nominee S Muthuselvi.
Besides the ruling party, its arch-rival DMK, former ally
DMDK headed by actor Vijaykanth and Vaiko`s MDMK are in the fray in the byelection.
Not wanting to leave anything to chance, Jayalalithaa has
directed almost her entire cabinet to camp in the constituency
to ensure the victory of the party candidate in the bypoll,
caused by the death of Minister C Karuppasamy in October last.
She appealed to the voters to give a resounding victory to
Muthuselvi and ensure candidates of other parties lost their
DMK chief M Karunanidhi, his two sons -- M K Stalin and M
K Alagiri besides senior party leaders campaigned for the
party candidate Jawahar Suryakumar.
This is the second bypoll after AIADMK won a landslide in
the assembly elections in May last year. The ruling party had
earliler retained the Tiruchirappalli West assembly seat last