DMK’s old guard Karunanidhi to contest from Tiruvarur

RSTV Bureau
DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin. Photo-PTI

DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his son and party treasurer MK Stalin.

Leaving all the speculations about an official handover of Chief Ministerial position to his son stallin, DMK President M Karunanidhi has decided to contest from his native Tiruvarur constituency for the May 16 Assembly polls

As per the DMK supremo’s tour itinerary, he will file his nomination at Tiruvarur on April 25 and also address a public meeting the same day. The Dravidian veteran will also launch his election campaign from Saidapet on April 23.

92-year-old Karunanidhi is leading his party in one of the toughest electoral battles, with a multi-cornered contest involving ruling AIADMK and PWF-DMDK-TMC combine threatening to give DMK a run for its money.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party is yet to release the list of its candidates for the 176 seats it is contesting in Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

A five-time chief minister, Karunanidhi represents Tiruvarur in the outgoing 14th Assembly, dominated by arch rival AIADMK, which he chose in 2011 after contesting in constituencies from the state capital here for a long time.

In his three-phase election tour, Karunanidhi will campaign across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and address rallies in various districts including Chennai, Erode, Vellore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Krishnagiri and Kancheepuram.

DMK has managed to stitch an alliance with Congress and two Muslim parties besides smaller outfits as its seeks to dethrone AIADMK and capture power.

The party had drawn a blank in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, where it was virtually led by its Treasurer and Karunanidhi’s son, M K Stalin.