DMK announces nominees for Rajya Sabha survey in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: The DMK named two party candidates for the election on Monday, effectively nullifying the speculations of the former prime minister Manmohan Singh Receiving from with your support.

The president of DMK, MK Stalin, announced that the third seat was being assigned to the ally MDMK, in line with his previous agreement to the poll with the party founded by Vaiko.

According to a statement by Stalin, the trade union leader of the M Shanmugam party and the main defender P Wilson are the nominees for the biennial elections, scheduled for July 18.

The other seat is being assigned to MDMK as previously agreed, Stalin said.

The DMK agreed to assign a seat of Rajya Sabha to the MDMK as part of its prior agreement to the survey for the Lok Sabha choice.

Previously, there was speculation that Singh, before its release, could be nominated by Tamil Nadu with the support of the DMK.

The biennial elections to fill six Rajya Sabha seats of the state will take place on July 18. They will be carried out to fill the vacancies that will be presented due to the retirement of the members in exercise: four of the AIADMK and one each of the DMK and the CPI - next month.

Both the AIADMK opinion and the DMK can send three MP each to the Upper House by virtue of their respective strength in the state assembly.

The retiring members are: T Rathinavel, Dr V Maitreyan, K R Arjunan and Dr R Lakshmanan (all AIADMK), (DMK) and D Raja (CPI), whose terms end on 24 July.

Incidentally, Kanimozhi was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tuticorin constituency in the state in the general choice.

According to the EC calendar, the notification for the biennial ballot boxes of Rajya Sabha will be issued on Monday and the last date to submit the nominations will be July 8.

The examination of the nominations will be taken the next day and the last date to withdraw will be July 11, he said.

The poll, if necessary, will be conducted from 9 am to 4 pm on July 18 and the count the same day at 5 pm, he said.

The AIADMK has 123 MLA and the DMK 100 members in the Assembly of 234 members with two vacancies. DMK's ally, the Congress has seven legislators, while the IUML one. The leader of AMMK, TTV Dhinakaran, is an independent member. A candidate needs 34 votes to be elected.

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