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Vaiko not to contest elections

His name did not figure in the 35-member list announced by him at a public meeting in Chennai.
None | By Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2006 11:07 PM IST

MDMK chief Vaiko will not be contesting the May 8 assembly polls.

His name did not figure in the 35-member list announced by him at a public meeting in Chennai on Wednesday night, while introducing party nominees for the polls.

Party treasurer and former Union Minister M Kannappan is being fielded from Thondamuthur in Coimbatore district.

During the 2004 Lok Sabha polls also, Vaiko chose not to contest, though there was pressure from his party colleagues to contest the Sivakasi seat, from where he was elected in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

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