Battle lines drawn…Jaya, Karuna file nominations

RSTV Bureau
AIADMK Chief Jayalilthaa files nomination. Photo: Twitter/ AIADMKOfficial

AIADMK Chief Jayalilthaa files nomination.
Photo: Twitter/ AIADMKOfficial

With two high profile nominations filed on Monday, the political temperature in poll-bound Tamil Nadu has gone up several notches…. DMK chief M Karunanidhi and AIADMK President Jayalalithaa have filed their nominations on Monday for the upcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aid sasikala visited the Tondiarpet Zonal office in the afternoon where she filed her nomination for Chennai’s RK Nagar constituency. The incumbent Chief Ministers supporters gathered near Zonal Office and greeted her.

The Chief Minister’s arch rival and 93 years old Dravidian leader M Karunanidhi also filed his nominations from his native Tiruvarur, a constituency he wants to represent for a consecutive term in the 234-member state assembly. Karuna paid tributes at his mother’s memorial before filing nomination on Monday mooring.

Third fronts Chief Ministerial Candidate and DMDK leader Vijayakant is also scheduled file his nomination on Monday evening from Ulunthoorpe seat…

Meanwhile cadres of MDMK were taken aback following the sudden announcement their leader Vaiko to stay away from poll fray. MDMK founder Vaiko made last minute change and decided not to contest from Kovilpatti Assembly Constituency just minutes before filing nomination on Monday.

Campaign for the fourth phase is expected to gain intensity as all senior leaders hit the campaign trail from 25th April…..

DMK Leader Karunanidhi releasing his party's manifesto in Chennai

DMK Leader Karunanidhi releasing his party’s manifesto in Chennai

Jayalalithaa, who is eying for a successive term is leading the charge of her party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Party workers are banking on Jaya government’s five year achievements and schemes brought in by their Amma (Jayalalithaa)

Jaya held few rallies in past two weeks has been sharply critical of DMK, targeting it on issues like family rule, inter-state river disputes and law and order…..

Meanwhile, top leaders of BJP and Congress from Delhi, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi, are slated to address election rallies in the state in May.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will also undertake campaign with his party striving to put up a good show in alliance with DMK. The party had won five seats in the 2011 Assembly polls as part of the DMK alliance. Top left leaders such as Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M) and B Sudhakar Reddy (CPI) are also expected to address election rallies in May.