The ruling AIADMK on Tuesday announced its candidates for by-polls to four Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu scheduled on May 19. Party Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami said in a statement that the decision to field the candidates to Sulur, Aravakurichi, Tirupprankundram and Ottapidaram (SC) was taken by the party’s Parliamentary Board. Also Read - 'OPS For CM' Posters Create Ripples in AIADMK Ahead of 2021 TN Assembly Elections
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The two leaders named VP Kandasamy (Sulur), VV Senthilnathan (Aravakurichi), S Muniyandi (Tirupparankundram) and P Mohan to Oddapidaram as the party’s nominees. Also Read - AIADMK MP Urges Centre to Grant Dual Citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils
Mohan is a former MLA while the others hold various party posts.
Of these four seats, by-polls to Tirupparankundram and Sulur were necessitated due to the death of their sitting AIADMK legislators.
Aravakurichi and Ottapidaram fell vacant following the disqualification of AIADMK MLAs representing them, V Senthil Balaji and R Sundararaj, respectively, after they were part of the 18 ruling party MLAs who revolted against Palaniswami for merging his led faction with that of Panneerselvam then.
On April 18, by-polls to 18 Assembly segments in the state were held along with elections to 38 Lok Sabha seats.
The Election Commission of India had recently announced by-polls to the said four Assembly seats, thus covering all the 22 vacant segments.
The outcome of the by-polls would decide the continuance of the two year-old Palaniswami-led government as it would have to win a substantial number of seats to stay in power.
In the present Assembly, the AIADMK has a strength of 113 members, minus the Speaker. It needs a simple majority of 117 to continue in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.