Erode bypoll: TN leaders on campaign mode

Chennai: With just a few days left for Erode (East) bypoll, hectic campaigning is on at tgr constituency. Leaders of both AIADMK alliance and DMK have hit the ground.

AIADMK candidate for Erode East bypoll K S Thennarasu filed his nomination papers yesterday.
Party’s election committee chief KA Sengottaiyan said that a candidate introduction meeting would be organised on February 9.
Congress candidate EVKS Elangovan has already hit the ground with DMK and Congress leaders involved in door-to-door campaign.

The by-election is seen as the first major popularity test for the 20-month-old DMK government and an acid test for AIADMK, especially Palaniswami who has made the polls a prestige issue. In the 2021 elections, Elangovan’s son, and Congress nominee, Thirumahan, had won the seat dominated by Mudaliars and Muslims by over 7,000 votes.

The by-election which was necessitated due to the death of incumbent MLA Thirumahan E Ve Ra will also witness the Tamil nationalist outfit, Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) in the fray on the sidelines. BJP, which played a major role in convincing expelled AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam to withdraw his candidate, also put its weight behind K S Thennarasu, the AIADMK candidate announced by Edappadi K Palaniswami.