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VCK chief to contest from Chidambaram

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

(VCK), which is part of the DMK-led alliance and has been allotted two seats in Tamil Nadu, Sunday said its chief Thol Thirumavalavan would contest the seat, and named 10 others for and contesting the upcoming elections.

Another seat - Villupuram - in the state allotted to it by the DMK-led 'Secular Progressive Alliance' would be contested by the T Ravikumar, a former MLA.

Addressing reporters here, Thirumavalavan said he would be contesting on an independent symbol, whereas Villupuram seat would be contested on the DMK's rising sun symbol.

"This is an amicable decision taken with an aim to win both the constituencies," he said.

Thirumavalavan was elected to parliament for the first time in 2009 from constituency, however, he lost to an AIADMK candidate when contested from the same seat in 2014

VCK would be contesting six constituencies in and three in independently.

In Andhra Pradesh, N K will be contesting from Guntur, PTM Sivaprasad - Chittoor, George Bankari - Visakhapatnam, Dr - Tirupati, Bondalapalli Chandrasekar - Rajampet, and Ramaji Immanuel from Kadapa.

In Kerala, M Selvaraj from Idukki, Jeevan K Vijayan from Kottayam and K R Meena would be contesting from Kollam.

Alleging that the was delaying the allotment of an independent symbol for a month without citing any reason, Thirumavalavan said the symbols sought by the party was allotted to others.

"Earlier we asked for a ring, then a diamond, then a jackfruit, but all of them were allotted to the others. Now they have asked another list of symbols. Time to begin campaigns is nearing," he said.

The DMK-led 'Secular Progressive Alliance' allies, CPI(M), CPI and Indian Union (IUML) had Friday named their candidates for five constituencies allotted to them as part of seat-sharing arrangement.

The DMK would be contesting 20 seats

The CPI(M) fielded former Lok Sabha P R Natarajan in constituency, which he represented in the 15th Lok Sabha, while Sahitya Akademi Award winner and Tamil S Venkatesan would contest in the constituency.

The CPI has nominated K Subbarayan for Tiruppur and former for Nagapattinam seat.

The IUML, which was allotted the Ramanathapuram seat, has announced K Nawaz Kani, of a courier company, as the candidate.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:55 IST