New Delhi, 25 April 16. Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi filed their nomination papers on Monday.
Jayalalithaa filed her nominations from R K Nagar constituency. She is the sitting MLA of the constituency.
Banking on her government’s five year achievements in various sectors, including social welfare and infrastructure, Jayalalithaa is leading the charge of her party workers even as she eyes a successive term.
The leader has also been critical of DMK, targeting it on issues like family rule, inter-state river disputes and law and order.
DMK chief Karunanidhi also filed his nomination on Monday afternoon at his native Tiruvarur, a constituency he wants to represent for a consecutive term in the 234-member state assembly.
Braving age and related health issues, the 93-year-old leader hit the campaign trail on Saturday, hitting out at the Jayalalithaa government while billing his party as the right alternative.
DMK Treasurer MK Stalin will file his nomination for his Kolathur constituency on April 27. DMDK leader Vijayakant and MDMK founder Vaiko are also scheduled to follow suit this week, tentatively on the same day.
Vijayakant and Vaiko are contesting from Ulunthoorpet and Kovilpatti, respectively.
DMDK has aligned with Vaiko-led People’s Welfare Front (PWF) for the elections.
Meanwhile, top leaders of BJP and Congress from Delhi, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi, are slated to address election rallies in the state in May. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will also undertake campaign with his party striving to put up a good show in alliance with DMK.
The party had won five seats in the 2011 Assembly polls as part of the DMK alliance.
Top left leaders such as Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M) and B Sudhakar Reddy (CPI) are also expected to address election rallies in May.