Vaiko to contest for Rajya Sabha

Chennai, Jul 2:

MDMK general secretary Vaiko will contest for Rajya Sabha according to a decision taken by the high command of the party. A meeting of the party’s high command was held at Thayagam, the party’s office at Egmore here and it was unanimously decided to field Vaiko for the Rajya Sabha election.

Vaiko will re-enter the Rajya Sabha after more than two decades after the opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Monday decided to honour its agreement of allotting one seat in the Upper House of Parliament to its ally.

For the remaining two seats that the DMK could win, the party has fielded an old war horse, M Shanmugham, general secretary of Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), the DMK’s trade union wing, and former Additional Advocate General P Wilson.

DMK president MK Stalin’s announcement on Monday of the candidates and giving one seat to the MDMK has put an end to speculation about former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh getting elected from the DMK’s quota. Singh’s term in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14.

The biennial elections to the Upper House for six vacant seats are slated for July 18 and the last day of nominations is July 8. Both the ruling AIADMK and the DMK could send three MPs each, given their current strength in the Assembly.

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