The final list of candidates has been announced for Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Tiruparankundram segments on Saturday and accordingly, Aravakurichi tops with the number of candidates with 39 while Thanjavur seat has 14 candidates and Tiruparankundram by-poll will be a fight between 28 candidates.
As many as 59 nominations were received at Aravakurichi by the Returning Officer Sybuddeen among them 13 papers were rejected during the scrutiny and 49 were accepted.
As withdrawal of candidature was scheduled on Saturday, as many as seven candidates including Kongu Desa Makkal Katchi candidate Palraj withdrew their papers and the Returning officer declared that there are 39 candidates in fray at Aravakurichi segment.
Meanwhile in Thanajvur, out of 36 nominations, 21 were rejected. On Saturday, an independent candidate V Jegannathan withdrew his papers and 14 candidates were declared to be contesting in the election.
Subsequently, the allotment of symbols was made. While recognised party candidates received their official symbols, the unrecognized party candidates were allotted symbols as per the norms.
However, in Aravakurichi, an independent candidate Balasubramanian opposed the allotment of ‘mango’ symbol to the PMK candidate Baskaran.
He said that the symbol of ‘mango’ was denied to the PMK at Tiruparankundram and doubted whether there was any special interest in allotting it at Aravakurichi for the party. Soon there was tension among the candidates. The RO stressed that the allotment of was as per the norms.