Stalin says DMK adds a twist to Rajya Sabha polls, fields backup candidate
On July 18 Rajya Sabha elections to select six members to the Upper House from Tamil Nadu, the DMK addressed that a fourth candidate on the support of its alliance, N R Elango, a senior advocate and member of the DMK legal wing, registered nomination on Monday, the closing date for filing nominations.
The DMK, which is fit to get three members elected to RS based on its alliance strength in the state assembly, has already filed advocate P Wilson and party labor wins leader M Shanmugham for two seats and give the third seat to MDMK leader Vaiko, in line with its electoral understanding.
Vaiko submitted his nomination, a while later being convicted to one-year time by a special court on conduct charges. The sentence which can ask against, may not be an impediment for Vaiko’s election to Rajya Sabha but there is worry over his nomination getting refused during scrutiny.
Regarding, one seat could go asking and will have to be filled later. To stop such a scenario, the DMK decided to be filed Elango as a backup candidate. Vaiko, however, exuded confidence that his nomination would be agreed and once that happens, Elango will take out his nomination. “During seat-sharing talks itself, Stalin insisted that his party will consider allotting one RS seat to MDMK only if I am the candidate. Had I not agreed to that, the alliance talks could have gone haywire,” Vaiko said. Conjectures were common that the DMK addressing a fourth candidate could also be a ploy to force a contest, by asking to tap into the confusion prevailing in the AIADMK.