Raja, Maran Receive Ticket, DMK Denies Alagiri

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has renominated the former telecom ministers A. Raja as well as Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, to contest in the Lok Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu. Both Raja and Maran are the prime suspects in the case relating to irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum in the year 2008. DMK also denied a seat to M.K Alagiri, who is another former union minister and also the elder son of the party chief M. Karunanidhi.

Raja will be running for the Lok Sabha from the Nilgiri-SC constituency whereas Maran from Central Chennai, the constituencies they represent in the current Lok Sabha. DMK omitted 10 sitting members and nominated only eight, including T. R. Baalu, for re-election. DMK had a list of thirty five candidates including candidates for the Lok Sabha seat of Puducherry. Karunanidhi defended both Raja and Maran, saying the “charges against them are weak. It would be proven that they did nothing wrong,”

Alagiri, who was suspended from the party on the 24th of January, was not named in this list. DMK, at that time, had stated that: “As disciplinary action for providing strong opinions against the party leading to a confusion within the party, as it will cause further disruption, Alagiri has been suspended for a short time.” The names of Alagiri’s supporters like D. Napoleon and J.K. Ritheesh also did not make it to the list of candidates released this Monday. When asked about Alagiri’s remarks and that he was planning to start a new party and a decision expected to be announced in a few months, the DMK patriarch said, “Please do not ask painful questions.”

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