CPI(M), CPI, IUML announce their candidates for LS polls

Soon after the names of constituencies to be contested by his party and its alliance partners were announced by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M K Stalin, parties such as CPI, CPI(M) and IUML announced the names of their candidates. The CPI(M) has fielded former Lok Sabha MP P R Natarajan in Coimbatore consituency, which he represented in the 15th Lok Sabha, while Sahitya Akademi Award winner and Tamil writer S Venkatesan would contest in the Madurai constituency.

Speaking to reporters, CPI(M) state secretary K Balakrishnan said, "Natarajan has been associated with the party since 1968 and has held various positions. The two candidates would be raising issues of Tamil Nadu in Parliament once elected." CPI has named former MP Selvarasu as its Nagapattinam candidate and veteran leader K Subbarayan as its Tirupur contestant. IUML, which has been given the Ramanathapuram seat, announced K Nawaz Ghani as its candidate.

Gani told reporters: "Fishermen in Ramanathapuram are facing several issues, water scarcity and employment are also among those plaguing people here. I will address them if elected." There are 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and one in neighbouring Puducherry, voting for all of which will be held in the second phase scheduled on April 18. In total, DMK has given 20 seats to allies. But, an analysis of the votes polled by these parties in the past elections shows that except the VCK, none of the allies have secured a decent percentage of votes.