AIADMK names M Thambidurai, KP Munusamy as Rajya Sabha poll candidates, leaves one seat for ally Tamil Maanila Congress

The AIADMK named former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and another senior leader KP Munusamy as its candidates for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu

Press Trust of India March 09, 2020 15:35:43 IST
AIADMK names M Thambidurai, KP Munusamy as Rajya Sabha poll candidates, leaves one seat for ally Tamil Maanila Congress

Chennai: The AIADMK on Monday named former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and another senior leader KP Munusamy as its candidates for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu.

AIADMK names M Thambidurai KP Munusamy as Rajya Sabha poll candidates leaves one seat for ally Tamil Maanila Congress

File image of M Thambidurai. PTI

The ruling party allotted one seat to ally Tamil Maanila Congress and its chief GK Vaasan will be the candidate. In a party release, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister and co-coordinator K Palaniswami named Thambidurai and Munusamy and allotted one seat to the TMC.

The release said Vaasan, chief of TMC, will be the candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections.

On 2 April, six Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu will retire and the DMK days ago named three nominees including its sitting MP in the upper house, Tiruchy Siva.

Based on the strength of the ruling party and main opposition DMK and their respective allies in the Assembly, all the six candidates are likely to be elected unopposed. Elections will be held on 26 March in the unlikely event of a contest.

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