After completing the interview process for aspiring candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling AIADMK today conducted interview for aspiring contestants in the by-election to be held in 18 Assembly constituencies in the state. The interview process took place at the party's headquarters at Royapettah in Chennai and it was conducted by senior leaders including Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, the party's joint coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the coordinator.
On Sunday, while the AIADMK forged alliance with Vijayakanth's DMDK and allotted four seats to it, Kamal's party received torch light as its symbol. The DMDK will contest on four out of the state's 39 parliamentary seats as part of the alliance. According to the agreement which was signed on Sunday, the DMDK has been allotted four seats in the alliance. The agreement was signed between the top leadership of the two parties in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam and Vijayakanth and DMDK Treasurer and his wife Premalatha.
Panneerselvam, the coordinator of the ruling party, said it was a committed alliance. Premalatha pledged her party's support to the AIADMK in the bypolls to 18 assembly seats and local body elections, expected in May. The AIADMK alliance will see the ruling party contest from at least 21 seats, the PMK 7, BJP 5, DMDK 4, PT 1, New Justice party 1. The NR Congress has been given the lone seat of Puducherry.