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DMK on Wednesday announced N Maruthuganesh as its candidate for the April 12 by-poll for RK Nagar constituency.
Party General Secretary K Anbazhagan made the announcement through a party release here.
The DMK candidate will take on arch rival AIADMK, which has fielded its Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran.
The by-election was necessitated following the December 5, 2016 death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who represented this city constituency in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.