Saturday, March 19, 2011

Filing of nominations in Tamil Nadu begins Saturday


2011-03-19 02:43:20

Chennai: Filing of nominations for the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly elections will begin on Saturday.

The ruling DMK-led front, barring the Congress, has announced its candidates.

The DMK Thursday announced its 119 candidates with 58 new faces. The PMK has also released its candidate list.

The Congress has started receiving applications from aspirants and the final list will be decided by the party's high command in New Delhi.

In the final line the DMK will contest 119 seats, the Congress (63), PMK (30), KMK (7), MMK (1), VCK (10), IUML (3) and a Nadar party (1).

The opposition camp is sorting out the differences that arose after the front leader AIADMK released a list of 160 constituencies it would contest even as constituency identification talks were on with the allies.

Most of the AIADMK's allies - DMDK, the two Left parties, PT and others - upset with the announcement, explored the option of forming a Third Front Thursday.

However, talks between AIADMK and its allies resumed Friday and it is expected the differences would be sorted out Saturday.

AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa on Friday aigned seat allotment deal with five of its allies for eight seats.

The AIADMK has signed agreement for 74 seats with 10 allies: DMDK (41), CPI-M (12), CPI (10), MNMK (3), PT (2), SMK (2), RPI (1), FB (1), KYF (1) and AIMMK (1).

The last date for filing of nominations is March 26. Scrutiny of nominations will be held March 28 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is March 30.

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