Haseena Syed withdraws her nomination from Krishnagiri
Ms Syed was at the centre of controversy after local partymen opposed her nomination stating that she was an outsider and the party should change the candidate.
Heeding the protests, the Congress high command had announced change of candidate, replacing her with Maqbul Jan.
As Mr Jan could not file his papers in time on the last date for filing of papers on March 26, Ms Syed remained the official candidate.
In a surprise development, she withdrew her papers today along with 16 rebel candidates, leaving the field for her hushand, who had filed his papers as a dummy candidate.
Thangkabalu's role was suspected in preventing Mr Jan from filing his papers.
The TNCC President was also accused of entering the electoral arena through the backdoor after deliberately asking his wife to file her papers without signature, so that they would be rejected.
The papers filed by Ms Jayanthi Thangkabalu were rejected, when the nominations were taken up for scrutiny on March 28. The Returning Officer said Ms Jayanthi had not signed in the two sets of nominations.