Tirunelveli: Tirunelveli rural district joint secretary of MGR Mandram, V Narayanan has been officially announced as the AIADMK candidate for the Nanguneri bypoll.
The selection of 54-year-old Narayanan raised many eyebrows in the Tirunelveli district AIADMK as more powerful aspirants including former members of Parliament, Paul Manoj Pandian and K R P Prabhakaran and the party's urban district secretary Ganesha Raja, were sidelined.
An SSLC dropout Narayanan, a realtor of Rediyarpatti, is the only one who applied from Nanguneri constituency and hence he was preferred by the party high command to represent the party in the by-election, said a party leader.
Narayanan joined the party in 1986 served as deputy president of Rediyarpatti panchayat twice and assumed party positions as the Tirunelveli rural district deputy secretary and MGR youth wing deputy secretary before becoming the deputy secretary of the Tirunelveli district MGR Mandram in 2013.
The Congress party, however, is yet to decide its candidate to take on V Narayanan at Nanguneri. Reportedly, around 25 Congress aspirants who include “Orvasi” Amirtharaj, a businessman, who is said to have a good chance of getting selected by the Congress party as its candidate for the Nanguneri by-election, applied. The election is likely to be held on September 27.
Before the Congress finalises its candidate, its alliance partner, the DMK kick started its election work for Congress at Nanguneri by constituting a 50-member election working committee led by former state minister and Dindigul MLA I Periyasamy and Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi.
Meanwhile, DMK president M K Stalin held discussions in Chennai with election in-charge members of the party for both Vikravandi and Nanguneri constituencies, headed by Dr K Ponmudi and I Periyawamy respectively. Stalin will campaign in Nanguneri on October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14 and in Vikravandi constituency on October 3, 4, 17, 18. 19 for the victory of the Congress and DMK candidates, sources said.