Lok Sabha polls: Dayanidhi Maran, K Annamalai, V Vaithilingam file nominations

Maran is seeking a successive term from the Chennai Central constituency and Annamalai is contesting from Coimbatore.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 27, 2024 | 5:13 PMUpdatedMar 27, 2024 | 5:13 PM

Lok Sabha

Sitting DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran and state BJP chief K Annamalai on Wednesday, 27 March, filed their nominations for the 19 April Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu.

Maran, who is seeking a successive term from the Chennai Central constituency, declared movable and immovable assets worth over ₹7.81 crore.

Annamalai is contesting from Coimbatore and he was accompanied by BJP Mahila Morcha chief and MLA Vanathi Sreenivasan among others, when he filed his nomination.

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Maran’s assets

In his election affidavit, senior DMK leader Maran submitted that he has ₹7,81,05,240 of movable assets which include bank deposits and equity shares with private firms.

The value of his immovable assets, which had been inherited, stood at ₹59,000. He said both he and his wife owe no dues to government banks and had nil liabilities.

Pending cases against him included one filed by the CBI for allegedly using “telephone facilities above the entitlement” and having caused loss of ₹1.79 crore to BSNL and MTNL.

He declared he had not been convicted of any criminal offence.

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V Vaithilingam files nomination from Puducherry

Sitting Lok Sabha MP and Congress PCC president from Puducherry V Vaithilingam also filed his nomination as the party’s candidate from the Puducherry constituency for the upcoming Parliament polls.

Vaithilingam is a former chief minister of the Union Territory. He gave the papers to the District Election Officer A Kulothungan. Wednesday was the last day to file nominations.

He was accompanied by the Congress MLA of Puducherry M Vaithianathan and leaders of the parties attached to the INDIA bloc.

The 74-year-old Vaithilingam will lock horns with senior BJP leader and current Home Minister of Puducherry A Namassivayam, who filed his nomination on Monday.

The AIADMK nominee G.Tamizhvendhan and the Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) candidate R Menaka, a Siddha practitioner, had also filed their nomination forms on the same day.

Puducherry has one Lok Sabha seat. The upcoming poll is seen by political observers as a prestige fight between both national parties, BJP and Congress.

(With PTI inputs)