AIADMK battle ready for civic polls, invites applications fromaspirants

AIADMK battle ready for civic polls, invites applications fromaspirants Chennai, Nov 10 (PTI) Its confidence on a high afterwinning two assembly bypolls, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Naduon Sunday sounded the bugle for the civic polls, expected tobe held soon, inviting applications from aspirants.

The party workers desirous of contesting the civic pollsmay submit applications on November 15 and 16 to thedesignated functionaries in their respective regions acrossthe state, a party release here said.

Leaders and senior functionaries including partypresidium chairman E Madusudanan (Chennai North), K ASengottaiyan (suburban Erode), Pollachi V Jayaraman (suburbanTirupur) have been assigned the task of receiving theapplications from aspirants in as many as 56 party districts.

The party also released a list of fee ranging from Rs25,000 (for the post of corporation Mayor) to Rs 3,000 (wardmember of panchayat union council) to be remitted by aspirantsfor getting the applications.

In a big morale booster, the ruling AIADMK, under theleadership of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy OPanneerselvam won bypolls to two assembly constituencies(Nanguneri and Vikravandi) recently.

It has rejuvenated the party cadres after the mainopposition DMK and its allies had swept 38 out of the 39 LokSabha seats in the state months ago, dealing a blow to AIADMKwhich had contested the polls in alliance with BJP and others.

Also, in bypolls held alongside the Parliamentaryelections, the DMK had won 13 of the 22 assembly segmentswhile the AIADMK managed to secure only nine seats.

The civic polls to elect over 4,400 plus councillors inurban local bodies, including corporation and municipalities,and about 8,200 town panchayat ward members are expected to beheld before the year end.

As regards rural civic bodies, there are posts includingthat of village panchayat presidents (12,524) and ward members(99,324).

The civic polls were originally slated to be held inOctober 2016 but had been delayed following litigations in theMadras High Court and later in the Supreme Court over aspectsincluding reservation of seats. PTI VGNVS VS