Chennai: Virtually shutting the door on
its long time ally, the MDMK, the AIADMK today announced that
it will contest 160 seats for the April 13 assembly polls,
with chief Jayalalithaa seeking election from the temple town
Party heavyweights including former chief minister O
Panneerselvam (Bodinayakkanur), Presidium Chairman E
Madhusudhanan (R K Nagar) and headquarters secretary K A
Senkottaiyan (Gobichettpalayam) found place in the first list
released by Jayalalithaa.
By naming candidates for 160 seats, Jayalalithaa has
effectively ruled out any rapprochement with her sulking ally,
the Vaiko-led MDMK, the only party remaining in the front
Jayalalithaa appeared to have gone in for a safe seat
as Srirangam had given her party nominee Kumar a lead of over
10,000 votes in the Lok Sabha polls enabling him to win the
Tiruchirappalli seat in 2009.
Of the 56 sitting AIADMK MLAs, more than half were
denied tickets. The list of candidates is a blend of youth and
In the rainbow alliance led by AIADMK, DMDK floated by
actor Vijaykant has been allotted 41 seats, MNMK three,
Puthiya Tamizhagam two, SMK of actor Sarathkumar two and
AIMMK, AIFB, KMIP and RPI one each. CPI-M and CPI were
allotted 12 and 10 seats respectively.