Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tiruvarur: A home coming for Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi releasing the DMK party candidates list for forthcoming Assembly Elections at Anna Arrivalayam on Thursday. Photo: R. Ragu
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi is contesting the Assembly election from his home town Tiruvarur.


By choosing Tiruvarur Assembly Constituency, the Chief Minister has indicated two things: One his affinity to his native place and his better winning chances.
Though the Chief Minister has contested elections eleven times from 1957, won all of them and became Chief Minister for five times, only during this tenure ie from 2006-2011, he concentrated more on Tiruvarur. (Tiruvarur district was carved out of Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts in 1997 when he was the Chief Minister).

As a result, Tiruvarur got a Government Medical College, a Central University, and cement roads. The Tiruvarur district has got a Government polytechnic at Korkai near Thiruthuraipoondi.

Favourably for the Chief Minister, Tiruvarur has become a general constituency. Previously it was a reserved constituency. Now in the reconstitution, Keelvelur in Nagapattinam district, a new Assembly constituency which is near Tiruvarur has become a reserved constituency.

In the last election (2006), U.Mathivanan, Dairy Development Minister won as a DMK candidate from Tiruvarur. He defeated his nearest AIADMK rival with a margin of 28,000 votes. DMK candidates won in 1996 and 2001 too. From 1962, the CPI(M) has won five times from Tiruvarur. A cross section of people contacted by The Hindu welcomed the decision of the Chief Minister to contest from Tiruvarur.

S.Ranganathan, Secretary of Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association and a resident of Mannargudi said that Mr. Karunanidhi is of a different category and cannot be limited as a party candidate. He likened him to former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 "Jyoti Basu is no more and Mr. Vajpayee is unwell. But Mr. Karunanidhi is active both in politics and administration. We welcome his move to contest from Tiruvarur, his native place." Mr. Ranganathan said.
Mr. Mathivanan, Dairy Development Minister, who is the sitting MLA of Tiruvarur said, "I won in the last election with a margin of 28,000 votes. This time we will make him win with the largest margin of votes any candidate can get in Tamil Nadu".

The only minus point will be the Communist votes as they are now opposed to the DMK and the Congress. Tiruvarur is one of the communist bastions.

The Chief Minister's name spells a magic in the minds of people in Tiruvarur town and the entire district. Born at Thirukuvalai now in Nagapattinam district, Mr. Karunanidhi lived in Tiruvarur and studied there. He started his public life in Tiruvarur by participating in agitations. He would fondly recall his childhood days in Tiruvarur and Thanjavur whenever he addressed meetings at Tiruvarur.

His relatives live in the town and his mother's memorial is at Kattur. He used to visit this samadhi and his house at Thirukuvlai whenever he won elections and elected as chief minister of the state.

Mr. Karunanidhi started his Assembly contest from Kulithalai in 1957. Then he contested from Thanjavur in 1962, Saidapettai in 1967 and 1971, Anna Nagar in 1977 and 1980, Harbour in 1989 and 1991, and Chepauk in 1996, 2001 and 2006.

Tiruvarur Assembly constituency now has 2,03,733 voters.

Karunanidhi to contest from Tiruvarur, Stalin from Kolathur


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi releasing the DMK party's list of candidates for the forthcoming Assembly Elections at Anna Arrivalayam on Thursday. Finance Minister and DMK general secretary, K. Anbazhagan, Deputy Chief Minister and party Treasurer M.K. Stalin are in the picture. Photo: R. RaguThe DMK, which will contest 119 seats, has fielded 58 new faces and 11 women. Former AIADMK ministers S. Muthusamy and S. Sathiyamurthy, who recently joined the DMK, have been given nominations
Shifting from Chepauk in Chennai, once considered a DMK bastion, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, will contest the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls from Tiruvarur.
Mr. Karunanidhi has never lost an election since 1957 when he made his entry into the electoral battlefield.
The Deputy Chief Minister, M. K. Stalin would also seek election from a new segment, Kolathur in the city, moving away from the Thousand Lights constituency.
Party General Secretary and senior leader, K. Anbazhgan, who currently represents Harbour constituency has been fielded from Villivakkam.
Two senior ministers Arcot N. Veerasamy and Ko. Si. Mani have been dropped due to their ‘ill health’, Mr. Karunandihi told reporters releasing the list of candidates at the Anna Arivalayam, DMK headquarters.
58 new faces, 11 women
The party, which will contest 119 seats, has fielded 58 new faces and 11 women.
Former AIADMK ministers S. Muthusamy and S. Sathiyamurthy, who recently joined DMK, have been given nomination.
Asked whether his party would be able to get an absolute majority since it had fielded only 119 candidates in the 234- member House, Mr. Karunanidhi said “we are entering the fray with that hope.”
The DMK has allotted 63 seats to its key UPA ally Congress and rest to other partners of the front.
Asked why he chose Tiruvarur, Mr. Karunanidhi said when he entered electoral politics in 1957, he wanted to contest from there but it was a reserved constituency which, however, had been de—reserved after the recent delimitation.
“The politicians then made it as a reserved constituency to prevent me from contesting from there,” he claimed.
Karunanidhi to start campaign from Tiruvarur
Mr. Karunanidhi said he would begin his campaign from Tiruvarur on March 23 and file his nomination on March 24.
The 86-year-old Mr. Karunanidhi had his education in the then district board High School at Tiruvarur and his family migrated there from his birth place, the nearby Thirukuvalai village, to enable him continue his studies.
It is at this place in 1937 that he entered public life when he led an anti-Hindi agitation.
Mr. Karunandihi was first elected to the State assembly from Kulithalai in Karur district. In 1962, he won from Thanjavur and in 1967 and 1971, he was elected from Saidapet in Chennai. He won the Annanagar seat in 1977, 1980, 1984 and 1989.
In 1991, he had contested from Harbour and got elected to the State assembly and from Chepauk in 1996, 2001 and 2006.
Mr. Stalin, who has won four out of six times that he had contested from Thousand Lights, where Mr. Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence is located, has moved to suburban Kolathur in North Chennai which gave a lead of about 20,000 votes to party’s TKS ELangovan in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Asked what prompted Mr. Stalin to go for a change, Mr. Karunanidhi said “ask him” pointing to Mr. Stalin who only smiled.
A one-time Mayor of Chennai corporation, Mr. Stalin had been arrested by the AIADMK government for his active role in supporting the students of Queen Mary’s College in his constituency when the girls were up in arms against a proposal to demolish the popular institution.
Mr. Karunanidhi, for whom this election could perhaps be the last considering his age, has retained most of the Ministers and sitting MLAs besides giving a ticket to Tamil Nadu Speaker R Avudaiyappan who retains Ambasamudiram while his Depurty, VP Duraisamy, will be fighting from Rasipuram.
Asked about the political circumstances leading to the possible formation of a Third Front comprising DMDK and Left parties, he said “I am not the one to rejoice at the miseries of others.”
CPI (M), CPI and DMDK, allies of AIADMK, are reportedly unhappy over the lead partner’s unilaterally announcing its candidates list for 160 constituencies, several of which are on their wish list.
Asked why he chose Tiruvarur, Karunanidhi said when he entered electoral politics in 1957, he wanted to contest from there but it was a reserved constituency which, however, had been de—reserved after the recent delimitation.
“The politicians then made it as a reserved constituency to prevent me from contesting from there,” he claimed.
Mr. Karunanidhi said he would begin his campaign from Tiruvarur on March 23 and file his nomination on March 24.
The 86-year-old Mr. Karunanidhi had his education in the then district board High School at Tiruvarur and his family migrated there from his birth place, the nearby Thirukuvalai village, to enable him continue his studies.
It is at this place in 1937 that he entered public life when he led an anti-Hindi agitation.
Mr. Karunandihi was first elected to the state assembly from Kulithalai in Karur district. In 1962, he won from Thanjavur and in 1967 and 1971, he was elected from Saidapet in Chennai. He won the Annanagar seat in 1977, 1980, 1984 and 1989.
In 1991, he had contested from Harbour and got elected to the state assembly and from Chepauk in 1996, 2001 and 2006.
Stalin moves to Kolathur
Mr. Stalin, who has won four out of six times that he had contested from Thousand Lights, where Mr. Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence is located, has moved to suburban Kolathur in North Chennai which gave a lead of about 20,000 votes to the party’s T.K.S. Elangovan in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Asked what prompted Mr. Stalin to go for a change, Mr. Karunanidhi said “ask him” pointing to Mr. Stalin who only smiled.
A one-time Mayor of Chennai corporation, Mr. Stalin had been arrested by the AIADMK government for his active role in supporting the students of Queen Mary’s College in his constituency when the girls were up in arms against a proposal to demolish the popular institution.
Mr. Karunanidhi has retained most of the Ministers and sitting MLAs besides giving a ticket to Tamil Nadu Speaker R. Avudaiyappan who retains Ambasamudiram while his Depurty, V.P. Duraisamy, will be fighting from Rasipuram.
Asked about the political circumstances leading to the possible formation of a Third Front comprising DMDK and Left parties, he said “I am not the one to rejoice at the miseries of others.”
CPI (M), CPI and DMDK, allies of AIADMK, are reportedly unhappy over the lead partner’s unilaterally announcing its candidates list for 160 constituencies, several of which are on their wish list.

Supreme Court rejects DMDK plea for common symbol


New Delhi: Actor Vijayakant's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) — and some other political parties in Tamil Nadu —suffered a major setback on Wednesday with the Supreme Court declining their plea to allot a common symbol to contest the ensuing Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. A Bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Cyriac Joseph rejected the applications of DMDK (seeking ‘nagara' symbol; Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KMK), seeking ‘cylinder' symbol; Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), seeking ‘candle', Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), seeking ‘star' symbol; Pudhiya Thamizhagam and All India N.R. Congress for allotment of common symbol.

Justice Kabir, writing the judgment, referred to an early order passed in 2009 when common symbols were allotted to certain political parties and said “If interim arrangement made earlier is to be continued it would be directly in violation of the provisions {of the Election Symbol (Reservation and Allotment) Order. Such an arrangement cannot be made unless the operation of the impugned provision is stayed. At this stage we are not inclined to stay the impugned provision.”

The Bench said, “When the interim arrangements were made on March 27, 2009, the registered unrecognised political parties before the Court were only three in number, whereas presently many others have joined the bandwagon. It would certainly be to the advantage of the registered unrecognised political parties if they were able to put up candidates on a common symbol. On the other hand, if all registered unrecognised political parties were to be provided with a common symbol, prima facie, it would render the provisions of the Election Symbols Order, 1968, completely unworkable and destroy the very object it seeks to achieve.”

The Bench said that having regard to the two possibilities, “we are not inclined to make any interim arrangement similar to that made on an earlier occasion. However, while we are not inclined to make any interim arrangement regarding the allotment of election symbols for the forthcoming General Assembly Elections, we make it clear that this is only a tentative view, which shall not, in any way, affect the final outcome of the pending Writ Petitions and Special Leave Petitions. We also make it clear that this order will not prevent the Election Commission from considering any representation that may be made by the political parties and from accommodating their prayer for a common symbol, to the extent practically possible.”

The Bench directed the matter to be listed for final disposal on May 3.

AIADMK allies upset, exploring third front?



Chennai, March 17 : The AIADMK's allies were furious Thursday after it named the 160 seats it will contest in TamilNadu's assembly elections, sparking murmurs that some of them may form a third front.

Leaders of some of the major allies in the AIADMK-led alliance held a meeting with actor and DMDK founder leader Vijayakant, the biggest ally of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Queried about the meeting and whether a third front could come up, Vijayakant told reporters: "Everything will be decided tomorrow (Friday). We will have to discuss with everybody before coming to a decision."

The AIADMK-led combine was set to take on the ruling coalition led by the DMK. But fissures over seat sharing have plagued the AIADMK, which has now come under attack from smaller allies.

The AIADMK has decided to contest 160 of the state's 234 assembly seats, leaving the remaining 74 for its 10 allies: DMDK (41), CPI-M (12), CPI (10), MNMK (3), PT (2), SMK (2), RPI (1), FB (1), KYF (1) and AIMMK (1).

With the announcement of its candidates and constituencies, the AIADMK has dumped its long-time ally, the MDMK of Vaiko.

Anger against Jayalalitha led DMDK cadres to burn her effigy and shout slogans against the AIADMK general secretary.

Most upset in the alliance are the DMDK, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), MMK and the Forward Bloc.

Their leaders say the AIADMK had no business announcing which 160 seats it would contest when discussions on seat sharing was on with the allies ahead of the April 13 elections.

The list announced by the AIADMK Wednesday includes many constituencies the allies wished to contest.

Earlier, leaders of the Left and some smaller parties met here amid indications that at least a few of them favoured a third front -- to take on both the AIADMK and the ruling DMK.

Asked is this was true, a Communist leader said: "I am not able to say anything now."

THIRD FRONT MAY BE FORMED TODAY IN TAMILNADU

EXPECTED PARTIES:


1. DMDK


2. CPI


3. CPI (M)


4. MDMK


5. PUTHIYA THAMIZHAGAM


6. FORWARD BLOCK


7. NAADAALUM MAKKAL KATCHI ( KARTHIK )


DETAILED NEWS UPDATED VERY SOON..........

Tamils Justice Party to support DMK-led front in Assembly poll


Tiruchirapalli, Mar 17 : The Tamils Justice Party (TNP), Tamilar Neethi Katchi, has decided to extend its support to the DMK-led front in the April 13 assembly elections.

However, it would not support the PMK, one of the key alliances in the DMK front and would not make any campaign in 30 assembly constituencies where PMK was contesting.

Addressing a press conference here last night after party's general council meeting, Party's founder President Suba Elavarasan alleged that the PMK had given lot of trouble to them. Even the PMK attempted to ban the party and ill treated them, he alleged and said their party would stay away from the campaign where the PMK was contesting.

He said the party would make its all out effort to make Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to become Chief Minister of the state for the sixth time.

They would work for the victory of the Congress and VCK and other parties, except the PMK, in the DMK front, he added.

Jayalalithaa to start campaign on March 18


Chennai, Mar 16 : Opposition AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa would launch her 22-day whirlwind campaign for the April 13 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu on March 18, in the temple town of Madurai.

The AIADMK leader would campaign for the candidates of her party and alliance parties from March 18 to April 10, a party release here said.

During the whirlwind tour, Ms Jayalalithaa would take break only for two days on March 23 and April 2, according to the tour programme.

She would wind up her campaign on April 10 in the city.

Left parties disappointed over allottment of seats by AIADMK


Chennai, Mar 16 : The left parties, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and CPI expressed their dismay over allottment of seats by the AIADMK for the April 13 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

The left parties were upset a lot as the AIADMK has allotted them two of the six sitting seats in case of CPI and three of the nine sitting seats in case of CPI(M).

In a statement here, CPI(M) state unit secretary G Ramakrishnan said the party had demanded that the AIADMK allot winnable seats besides the sitting seats.

The AIADMK poll panel leaders assured that they would consult Ms Jayalalithaa and come to hold talks with the CPI(M) poll panel before finalising the seats.

However, in the next one hour after they gave the assurance, the AIADMK announced the list of candidates and to our dismay, we found that six sitting seats of the CPI(M) has figured in their list.

''This is shocking and the CPI(M) would not accept this. When the talks were on, it was not proper for the AIADMK to unilaterally announce the list'', he said, in a statement here tonight.

He demanded that the AIADMK withdraw candiates, announced for the constituencies, sought by the CPI(M).

He also announced that to take stock of the situation, the party has convened its emergency executive for tomorrow.

The CPI also decided to convene its District secretaries meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue, source said.

DMK completes allottment of seats to its allies


Chennai, Mar 16 : The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu tonight completed the process of identifying seats to its allies, by announcing seven seats to the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam (KMK) and one seat each to the Moovendra Munnetra Kazhagam and Perunthalaivar Makkal Katchi.

Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi announced seven seats to the KMK in the party's strongholds in the western region of the state.

As per the agreement reached between Mr Karunanidhi and KMK President Best Ramasamy, the KMK would contest from Soolur, Pollachi (Coimbatore), Palladam, Udumalpet (Tirupur), Perundurai, Gobichettipalayam (Erode) and Namakkal.

The DMK also announced Perambur seat in the city to the Perunthalaivar Makkal katchi and Chidambaram to Moovendra Munnetra Kazhagam. Both the parties would contest in DMK's Rising Sun symbol, a DMK release here said.

With this, the DMK has finalised seats to all its allies.

It had already identified 63 seats to the Congress, 30 to PMK and ten to VCK.

The DMK leader would announce party's list of candidates tomorrow evening.

CPI(M) to convene emergency meeting on Thursday


Chennai: Hours after AIADMK released the list of its candidates for the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, its ally CPI(M) on Wednesday said it was "shocked" at the inclusion of seats meant to be contested by the Left party and an emergency state executive meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss the issue.

CPI(M) state secretary G Ramakrishnan said their and AIADMK election panels met here on Wednesday where they discussed the list of 12 constituencies his party wanted to contest which included some of those which it had won in the 2006 polls besides those with winning prospects.

He said the AIADMK panel told their CPI(M) counterparts that they would discuss the matter with party General Secretary J Jayalalithaa and revert to them.

"But, within the next hour, the AIADMK list was released saying the party will contest 160 seats. This includes six seats we had won in 2006 and others we wanted to contest from. This is shocking," he said in a statement here.

Ramakrishnan said it was "not proper" on AIADMK's part to release its candidates list even as it was involved in talks and it was "not acceptable".

He demanded that AIADMK withdraw its candidates from constituencies that his party had been demanding and said an emergency meeting of the CPI(M) state executive will be held here tomorrow to discuss the situation.

The AIADMK had earlier in the day announced that it will contest from 160 seats.

DMK rules out possibility of MDMK joining its alliance


M. Karunanidhi, president of DMK (Dravida Munetra Kazhagam) party, speaks a...
Chennai: DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of MDMK joining his party-led alliance after the AIADMK virtually shut the door on that party.

Answering reporters' queries here, he said there was "no chance" of the Vaiko-led party joining the DMK-led alliance to fight the April 13 Assembly polls.

AIADMK had announced contesting from 160 seats in the state, thus virtually shutting the door on Vaiko, the party's ally since 2006.
To a question on the constituency problems involving CPI-M and AIADMK, Karunanidhi said he "does not peep into neighbours' houses".

Asked when his party would hit the campaign trail, he said that would be after the release of the party manifesto, scheduled on March 19.

The 86-year-old leader evaded direct replies on his party allotting more seats to allies (such as Congress) in Chennai, considered to be his party's stronghold.
Meanwhile, Karunanidhi firmed up his party's poll pact with the Kongunadu Munnetra Kazhagam, allotting them seven seats.

The DMK allotted one seat each to Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam and Peruthalaivar Makkal Katchi, which will fight elections from the DMK symbol, the Rising Sun.

AIADMK candidates list out, Jayalalithaa to contest Srirangam


Chennai, March 16 The AIADMK Wednesday announced 160 candidates for the Tamil Nadu assembly polls and the constituencies from where they will contest in the April 23 elections. Party general secretary J. Jayalalithaa will contest from Srirangam constituency.
The Srirangam assembly constituency falls under the Tiruchirapalli Lok Sabha constituency, which is currently held by the AIADMK.
In 2006, Jayalalithaa had contested successfully from Andipatti.
According to party officials, a sizeable number of sitting legislators has been given the ticket for the polls. The party will be contesting in about 15 constituencies in Chennai, once considered the DMK’s fort. There are 234 seats in the state.
Former AIADMK minister B. Valarmathy has been allotted the Thousand Lights constituency, currently held by Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.
Jayalalithaa will start her election campaign tour from Madurai Friday. She will be back here April 1, and start out to campaign in the Coimbatore belt April 3.
She will return here April 8 to canvass for her party in the state capital.
AIADMK has reached an agreement for 74 seats with 10 parties, allotting 41 to the DMDK, 12 to the Communist Party of India-Marxist, 10 to the Communist Party of India, two each to the PT and the SMK, three to the MNMK and one each to the Republican Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc, Kongu Youth Federation and the AIMMK.
With the announcement of its candidates, it is clear that AIADMK’s long time partner MDMK is out of the alliance.