The Leader of the Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin on Monday announced that the party’s union leader M Shanmugham and senior advocate P Wilson would be its candidates for two of the three Rajya Sabha seats which it can win on its own strength.
Shanmugham is general secretary of the DMK Progressive Labour Union and Wilson is a senior advocate in the Madras High Court.
Stalin said the two would file their nominations on July 4 for the biennial elections scheduled for July 18 to fill six vacancies from the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
The DMK with a strength of 100 in the 234-member House can win three seats. It has, however, promised one seat to Marumalarchi DMK as part of the understanding reached for the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls.
Likewise, the AIADMK can win three seats. It has allotted one to Pattali Makkal Katchi’s youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss.
Four of the six retiring members are from the AIADMK-V Maitreyan, T Ratnavel, K R Arjunan and R Lakshmanan. Besides CPI leader D Raja, who got elected with A IADMK support last time is also retiring. Their terms will end on July 24.
The sixth seat was held by DMK’s Kanimozhi. Now that has also fallen vacant upon her election to the Lok Sabha from Thoothukudi.
The Congress lobbied with DMK for a seat from Tamil Nadu for former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who has just retired from Assam. However, the DMK refused to oblige.