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All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) announced the name of AC Shanmugam as its alliance candidate from Vellore Lok Sabha seat.
In April, the EC had sent its recommendation to President Kovind following cash seizures from the premises of DMK veteran leader and party treasurer Duraimurugan’s son Kathir Anand’s house in Vellore.
Reports resurfaced about illegal cash being moved from a college owned by the Duraimurugan family to a cement warehouse in Vellore. Rs 11.53 crore was seized yet again the second time.
“Accepting the recommendation of Election Commission dated April 14, 2019, the President is pleased to rescind election to Vellore Parliamentary Constituency, Tamil Nadu to elect a member to Lok Sabha,” Election Commission said in an official statement.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, DMK-Congress alliance won 31 Out of 38 seats in Tamil Nadu.
Notably, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which contested in five seats as part of the AIADMK-led NDA in the state, lost all of them.