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DMK denies dynasty politics in candidates’ pick
The DMK on Monday denied dynasty politics in naming its candidates for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections and asserted that only loyal party workers have been rewarded with a ticket.
Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi said only those who have been serving the party for long have been given a ticket to fight the elections. Kanimozhi herself is the daughter of late party chief M Karunanidhi and the DMK is now headed by her brother M K Stalin.
“Those who have been working for the party for long only have been given a seat, not that someone has been brought from outside,” Kanimozhi told reporters when asked about dynasty politics dominating the list of DMK candidates.
She said that there was no need to deny ticket to somebody just because the person happened to be a political heir. She was speaking to reporters after calling on DMK ally, MDMK founder Vaiko at his residence here.
She will be trying her luck for the first time in the Lok Sabha polls after Stalin announced her candidature from Thoothukudi constituency.
Meanwhile, Vaiko exuded confidence that Kanimozhi will secure a grand victory by ensuring a victory margin of about one lakh votes. He said that he would launch his election campaign from Thoothukudi on March 22 and DMK chief Stalin will do it from Tiruvarur, the native constituency of late Karunanidhi.