Terming the bypolls to 18 of the 21 Assembly seats along with April 18 Lok Sabha polls as a mini election, DMK President M K Stalin on Sunday released the candidates list, nominating Poondi K Kalaivanan for the high profile Tiruvarur seat held by his father and late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. He also said he would launch his campaign on March 20 from Tiruvarur.
Releasing the list to the media, Mr Stalin said Poondi Kalaivanan would contest from Tiruvarur, which was held by Mr Karunanidhi who was elected for a record 13th time in the 2016 Assembly polls. Tiruvarur was Mr Karunanidhi's home turf and his death in August last year has necessitated the by poll. The bypoll to Tiruvarur was earlier scheduled for January 28 but was deferred by the EC due to the relief works being undertaken after Cyclone Gaja battered the district.