The principal opposition party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led alliance is fielding its candidates against the ruling DMK in all the 11 constituencies in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts.
Of the 11 constituencies, the AIADMK and DMK would clash only in Pappireddipatti, the new constituency carved out of the erstwhile Morappur, Harur and Palacode segments in Dharmapuri district.
Former Information Minister V. Mullaivendan (DMK) takes on Mr. P. Palaniappan, former AIADMK M.L.A. The AIADMK would take on Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in Bargur in Krishnagiri district and Palacode in Dharmapuri district.
K.E. Krishnamoorthy former district secretary of the AIADMK, Dharmapuri district, would challenge sitting PMK MLA from Tirupattur T. K. Raja in Bargur. The AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa had contested from this constituency twice. In Palacode, former State information minister and AIADMK’s K.P. Anbazhagan would be fighting Padi V. Selvam of the PMK. In Krishnagiri, former MP and district
secretary of the AIADMK, K.P. Munusamy would face a Congress candidate, yet to be named. In the Uthangarai Reserved constituency, Manoranjitham Nagarajan of the AIADMK takes on Muniammal Kaniamuthan of the Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK).
DMK has fielded its district secretary and sitting Krishnagiri MLA T. Senguttuvan in the new constituency of Veppanahalli, as Krishnagiri has been allotted to the Congress. He would meet S.M. Murugesan of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK). In Thaly, Y. Prakash of the DMK would take on CPI’s sitting M.L.A. T. Ramachandran.
In Harur, the sitting Communist Party of India’s (Marxist), P. Dilli Babu would contest against P.M. Nandan contesting on the VCK ticket.
In Pennagaram, the sitting DMK M.L.A.
P.N.P. Inbasekaran is set to take on the CPI’s former M.L.A. N. Nanjappan. In Dharmapuri, PMK’s P. Santhamurthy would meet A Baskar of DMDK.
In Hosur, it would be fight between the sitting Congress MLA K. Gopinath and DMDK’s Dr. S. Johnson.
Mr. Gopinath had already filed his papers on the very first day the nominations opened. His wife Kavitha Gopinath also had filed her nomination as dummy candidate.