After a gap of 47 years, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has jumped into poll fray sans alliance with non-Left parties in the Union Territory and announced the candidature of R Viswanathan for the April 24 Lok Sabha polls.
Secretary of the party’s state unit and a four-time MLA, R Viswanathan has been fielded as its nominee for the lone
Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry, joining the multi-cornered contest.
65-year old Viswanathan, who was Agriculture Minister in the DMK led coalition ministry in 1996, was earlier an
employee in a cooperative milk producers society and also worked in the government-owned Sri Bharathi Mills in Puducherry.
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He was enrolled as a member of the CPI here in 1968 when the late veteran freedom fighter and labour leader V Subbiah was the head of the party here.