Chennai: After contesting the Assembly polls
together, the Vijayakant-led DMDK Friday decided to contest the local body elections on its own, virtually snapping its ties with the AIADMK.
DMDK founder Vijayakant announced nominees for nine
corporations where AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa had already
fielded candidates for the polls, scheduled on October 17 and
With DMDK announcing its candidates today, a triangular contest is on the cards. DMK had also announced its candidates for seven corporations.
DMDK, the main Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly,
has fielded party`s trade union leader K Velmurugan for
Chennai corporation, pitting him against DMK`s M Subramanian
(present Mayor) and S Duraisamy of AIADMK who had lost against
DMK leader MK Stalin in the April 13 polls.
Vijayakant also announced candidates for the Corporations
of Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli,
Vellore, Erode and Tirupur.
He also named three women as Mayoral candidates out of the
total nine announced today.
Jayalalithaa had last week announced her party`s candidates
for all the Corporations and many municipalities, prompting
another ally CPI (M) to express objection.
The AIADMK had formed a rainbow coalition for the April 13
polls comprising DMDK and two Left parties besides other small
parties and handed down a heavy defeat to the DMK.
Nine city corporations will go to the polls in the first
phase along with others. This does not include Tiruchirappalli
corporation as a court case relating to election for it is