At a time when opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are still working on electoral tie-ups, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has already kicked off its candidate selection process for the upcoming assembly polls.
Party treasurer O Panneerselvam said that while the party has fixed the fee for a Tamil Nadu seat – where it is the strongest – at Rs 11,000, the price for a Puducherry seat is Rs 5,000. If the candidate seeks a party ticket from Kerala, where the AIADMK plans to contest in the coming elections, the prescribed fee would be Rs 2,000.
In a press statement, party supremo J Jayalalithaa invited those planning to contest the elections to collect application forms from the party headquarters from Wednesday. The forms will be available till February 3.
With the present Tamil Nadu government’s term ending in May, the state is slated to go to the polls for its 234-member assembly before April-end.
The AIADMK, powered by popular Amma schemes as well as other public welfare measures, expects to storm back into power with a massive mandate. Besides Amma Canteen, which provides subsidised food to all, the party also hopes to garner popular support through the supply of subsidised mineral water, medicines, vegetables and even cement.
However, the recent act of embossing Amma images on sacks of flood relief aid had also earned AIADMK its share of detractors.