Unwilling to take chances in a crucial do or die election, DMK, like its rival AIADMK, has fielded seniors and resourceful prominent party members, including many sitting MLAs and ex-ministers. Unsurprisingly, Stalin will seek re-election from Kolathur. DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin, whose candidature was a subject of debate in the political circles for a while now, would face his maiden election from Chepauk – Triplicane, a constituency once held by his late grandfather M Karunanidhi. Former DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan’s grandson A Vetriazhagan is the lone heir other than Udhayanidhi to be given a ticket afresh this time. Barring the sitting MLA sons of the party, a couple of seniors like I Periasamy and T R Baalu, most heirs of second-rung leaders like K N Nehru, E V Velu and MRK Panneerselvam have been denied the opportunity.