Monday, March 28, 2011

EC temporarily allots drum symbol to DMDK for the upcoming polls

TNN | Mar 25, 2011
CHENNAI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has temporarily allowed actor Vijayakanth's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam to retain its nagara' (drum) symbol for the forthcoming assembly elections. The Supreme Court had recently rejected petitions filed by various unrecognised political parties, including the DMDK, seeking common symbols to contest the polls.

Meanwhile, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ordered issue of notice to the Election Commission based on a petition filed by a Tiruppur-based garments manufacturer who claimed that 'beating drum' was the symbol of his brand of garments and that it should not be given to any political party. He claimed that he had obtained copyright for the symbol in 2009.

An EC order on Friday said it decided to make an interim arrangement to allot symbols to various registered unrecognised parties solely for the ensuing elections in four states. However, EC has allotted symbols only to those parties that have fielded a minimum number of candidates. Parties should field candidates in at least 10 per cent of the total number of assembly constituencies in each state.

If any of the parties failed to field their candidates from the constituencies intimated by them to the commission or did not meet the minimum number of contestants, then they cannot contest using their allotted symbol, the order said.

The EC said that in order to avoid confusion in the allotment of symbols, the chief electoral officer of each state shall interact and coordinate with the returning officers and get information about the candidates set up by the unrecognised parties. The information will be collected after March 26, the last date for submitting nominations.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of DMK, got candles' instead of its star' symbol as the party will be contesting only in ten seats.

Vadivelu's slanderous speech

Mar 28, 2011
Vadivelu is actively involved in campaigning for the DMK and began his campaign in Thiruvaroor on March 23rd in the presence of the DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. During this election meeting, he made some slanderous remarks about the DMDK Chief Vijayakanth and this was telecasted in some private television channels.

This provoked the DMDK functionary Dileep Kumar to file a complaint with the Election Commission. Taking action on this complaint, the EC has ordered the Thiruvaroor police to file a complaint against Vadivelu for defaming Vijayakanth’s image and to take necessary action.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Arunpandian to get DMDK seat?

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, March 15, 2011]

With Assembly elections nearing, the bond between Kollywood and Tamil Nadu politics is getting stronger. Buzz is that a couple of popular faces will get tickets from Vijayakanth’s DMDK to contest the polls.

It is said that actor-producer Arunpandian and producer Michael Rayappan will be fielded by the Captain’s party in the April 13 elections, as both are very close to the DMDK supremo, who himself is a popular actor.

“But Vijayakanth is yet to take a final decision. Everything will be made clear in a day or two when the candidates list is out,” a highly placed source in the DMDK headquarters at Koyambedu tells us.

While Michael Rayappan, the producer of films like ‘Naadodigal’ and ‘Goripalayam’ is an important office-bearer of the DMDK, Arunpandian is a longtime friend and close associate of Vijayakanth.

Vijaykanth to contest from Rishivandiyam in Tamil Nadu polls

Actor-politician Vijayakanth will seek election from Rishivandiyam in Villupuram district in the April 13 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

The DMDK today released the first list of 11 candidates for the polls. The actor, who was elected from Virudhachalam in the neighbouring Cuddalore district in the 2006 elections, has changed his constituency this time.

He was the lone winner for the party, which had contested on itsown in all but two of the 234 constituencies in the 2006 assembly elections.

Vijayakanth will take on sitting Congress MLA, S Sivaraj if the Congress renominates him in the constituency. The DMK has allotted the seat to the Congress.

The DMDK is contesting 41 seats in alliance with the AIADMK. Party Presidium Chairman and former AIADMK minister Panruti S Ramachandran, who unsuccessfuly contested from his native town of Panrutiin 2006, has also shifted his constituency. He is contesting in Alandur in the city now.


Pact with Vijaykanth major gain for Jaya

Hindustan Times
Chennai, February 25, 2011

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa secured a major gain on her birthday on Thursday by sewing up an alliance with actor Vijaykant-led DMDK, posing a counter to the DMK-PMK-Congress combination in the assembly elections. The AIADMK and DMDK held their first official seat-sharing talks on Thursd
ay night and reached an informal understanding on an alliance.

Coming out of AIADMK headquarters, DMDK presidium chairman Panruti S Ramachandran said his party had taken a political stand to oust the ruling DMK from power. “Therefore, we are with the AIADMK. As far as the seats are concerned, we are yet to arrive at a conclusion,” he said.

Asked about the DMDK’s demand for 50 seats (of the 234 in the assembly) and a Rajya Sabha berth, he dismissed all such talk as speculation. “We have not made any demands or talked numbers.”

A formal announcement is expected on Sunday.

For some time, Jayalalithaa was on tenterhooks as to whether Vijaykant would throw in his lot with her.

In the 2006 assembly polls, Vijaykant’s party walked away with 8.34% votes, which could swing the electoral fortunes for any alliance, though the DMDK could win just one seat.

The DMK-led alliance had polled 44.65% of the votes and the AIADMK-MDMK combination 40.52%.

In the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, Vijaykant increased his vote percentage to 10.5, evenly spread across the state, but could not win a seat.

To date the AIADMK has signed formal agreements with five parties, allotting two seats to the Puthiya Tamizhagam (PT), three to the MNMK, and one each to the Republican Party of India, AIAFB, and AIMMK.

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