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Tamil Nadu elections: EPS to contest from Edapaddi, OPS from Bodinayakanur

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Friday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections on April 6.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: March 5, 2021 3:45:58 pm
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar, File)

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has released the first list of candidates who will be contesting on behalf of the party in the upcoming assembly elections on April 6.

The party’s coordinator O Panneerselvam, who had won from the Bodinyakanur constituency in Theni district in 2011 and 2016 elections, will be hoping to continue his victory march for the third time. This will be Panneerselvam’s fifth appearance in the state assembly elections. He has been undefeated on all four previous occasions.

On the other hand, the party’s joint-coordinator and Chief Ministerial candidate Edappadi K Palaniswami will be contesting from Edappadi constituency in Salem district where he has won four out of six occasions.

D Jayakumar, who has won five out of six occasions from the labour-dominated Royapuram constituency in Chennai, will be contesting again from his forte. From 1991, Jayakumar had been contesting in this constituency and failed to become an MLA only once in 1996.

CV Shanmugam, one of the senior leaders of the party will be contesting from the Villupuram constituency where he has won in both the 2011 and 2016 elections. Former minister and party’s secretary for south Thoothukudi district SP Shanmugnathan will contest from Srivaikuntam constituency in Thoothukudi district. He has been elected thrice from the constituency.

S Thenmozhi, who won the by-election from Nilakottai constituency in 2019, has been given the ticket to contest again from the same constituency.

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