The DMK on Wednesday released its list of candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu elections across 173 constituencies. The list was marked by new faces, a host of former MLAs and ministers with party treasurer MK Stalin seeking re-election from Kolathur.
The party had already announced that its chief Karunanidhi would contest again from Tiruvarur and the party is on the field in a total of 173 constituencies, with their allies in the Congress contesting 41 seats.
Stalin, who had held a series of voter connect programmes in Kolathur, will try his luck again from the same seat.
Simla Muthu Chozhan, a new face, will be the party nominee who will take on current chief minister Jayalalithaa in RK Nagar.
Former assembly speaker Avudayappan (Ambasamudram) and deputy speaker VP Duraisamy (Rasipuram SC) figure in the list.
Notable in the list are former ministers Duraimurugan (Katpadi), EV Velu (Tiruvannamalai), and K Ponmudi (Thirukovilur).
Other former ministers who have got opportunity include KN Nehru (Tiruchirapalli North), MRK Panneerselvam (Kurinjipadi), KR Periyakaruppan (Thiruppathur), Thangam Thennarasu (Thiruchuzhi), Geetha Jeevan (Tuticorin), Poongothai Aladi Aruna (Alangulam), Suresh Rajan (Nagercoil), and MP Swaminathan.
Former Chennai mayor Subramanian will contest from Saidapet.
Former MLAs include KKSSR Ramachandran (Aruppukottai), Anitha R Radhakrishnan (Thiruchendur), and son of former Union Minister TR Balu, TRB Raja.
PK Sekar Babu, who defected from the AIADMK, is nominated as party candidate in Harbour.
The DMK will 173 seats, Congress 41, Makkal DMDK three, Indian Union Muslim League five, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi five seats, Puthiya Thamizhagam four, and one seat each to three other smaller outfits.