Nominations end for March 18 bypoll

Chennai: Nominations for the March 18 bypoll for Sankarankoil (SC) ended Wednesday as a four-cornered contest is in the offing with all Dravidian parties fielding their candidates.

The ruling AIADMK has fielded Sankarankoil Municipal Chairperson V Muthuselvi, who faces competition from DMK's Jawahar Suryakumar and DMDK's K Muthukumar.

MDMK is facing its first electoral contest since the April 2011 elections, which it had boycotted. Former legislator Dr Sadan Thirumalai Kumar is the party's nominee.

BJP's Murugan had also filed his nomination.

A total of 40 candidates have filed nominations which will be taken up for scrutiny on March 1.

Counting of votes in the constituency, where the bypoll has been necessitated following the death of AIADMK Minister C Karuppasamy in October last, will be done on March 21.

The outcome of the election would not have any impact on the Jayalalithaa government, which enjoys an unassailable majority of 148 seats in the 234-member Assembly.

However, it is expected to reflect voters' opinion about the eight-month-old AIADMK regime at a time when opposition parties are confronting the government on issues like power shortage and increase in price of milk and bus fares.