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Direct fight between arch rivals only in 11 seats
The DMK will lock horns with arch rival AIADMK in 11 constituencies directly, including three seats where allies would be contesting on its Rising Sun Symbol.
Salem, Tirunelveli, Pollachi, Tirunavannamalai, The Nilgiris (reserve), Mayiladuthurai, Kancheepuram (reserve) and South Chennai are the seats where the two arch rivals would have a face off on April 18.
While the DMK would have an edge in Chennai South, The Nilgiris and Tirunelveli, the ruling AIADMK would demonstrate its strength in Salem and Pollachi, while the companionship of PMK and TMC would be felt by the ruling party in Tirunvannamalai and Mayiladuthurai.
That both the Dravidian majors have played it safe could be understood from the fact that they have scaled down their seats in their zones of discomfort.
While the ruling AIADMK has comfortably minimised conflict in south and central Tamil Nadu by apportioning seats to allies, the DMK has applied the same formula to negate the traditional AIADMK wave in the west by restricting its contest to four seats. Another major showdown would also be in the seven PMK seats. In all its seats, Dharmapuri, Villupuram reserve (VCK’s Ravikumar will contest in Rising Sun), Arakkonam, Cuddalore, Chennai Central, Dindigul and Sriperumbudur, the PMK would be facing the heat from DMK’s Rising Sun.
Candidature of heavy-weights TR Baalu and Jagathratchakan in Sriperumbudur and Arakkonam was sufficient to understand that it would go down the wire between DMK and PMK in the Vanniyar dominant constituencies. However, PMK’s candidature in Central Chennai and Dindigul should make the job easy for the DMK planners there.
In Dharmapuri seat from where Anbumani Ramadoss or a member of his family is expected to contest, the DMK has cherry picked Dr Senthilkumar, a member of a well-known political family there. Senthil’s grandfather Vadivel Gonder was ex-MLA of Congress with good repute in the region.
Head on battle
5. The Nilgris
Allies in Two Leaves and Rising Sun symbols
Vellore: AC Shanmugam,founder, Puthiya Needhi Katchi,contesting in 'Two Leaves' symbol will take on DMK’s Kathir Anand, son of veteran leader Duraimurugan
Perambalur and Namakkal
Parivendar, founder, Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi and ER Eswaran, founder, Kongu Makkal Desiya Katchi, will contest in ‘Rising Sun’ symbol against AIADMK candidates
Sivaganga and Kanniyakumari
The national parties BJP and Congress will have direct contest in the two constituencies
Arch rivals VCK and PMK will lock horns in Villupuram segment
DMK will take on PMK in
5. Central Chennai