AIADMK cadres protest against allocation of Coimbatore South seat to BJP

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AIADMK cadres protest against allocation of Coimbatore South seat to BJP

With the Assembly elections around the corner in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK released its second list of candidates on Wednesday, and the first list from the DMK is expected any time now. The seat-sharing talks between the two Dravidian majors and the national parties have almost ended. However, AIADMK and DMK cadres have registered their protest against the parties allotting the seat in Coimbatore to BJP and in Aranthangi to Congress. While the AIADMK has allotted Coimbatore South to its ally BJP, it is speculated that the DMK will allot Aranthangi Assembly constituency to Congress. 

On Wednesday, several AIADMK cadres protested in Coimbatore against the party’s decision to allot Coimbatore South Assembly constituency seat to BJP. They claimed that the constituency is AIADMK’s fort and stated that Amman K Arjunan had won from the seat in 2016. They also threatened to quit the party if their demand to take back Coimbatore South for the AIADMK is not met. Several women also took to the road, shouting slogans against AIADMK’s decision and saying that they will not vote for BJP if it contests in Coimbatore South. 

Meanwhile, a group of DMK cadres protested in Aranthangi on Wednesday demanding that the constituency be allotted to the DMK. Their protest stemmed from rumours that the DMK had allotted Aranthangi to Congress, after pressure from Trichy Congress MP Su Thirunavukkarasar. One of the cadres of the DMK also allegedly tried to kill himself near the Aranthangi bus stand if the constituency is given to the Congress. The DMK is yet to release the final list of constituencies allotted to the Congress. 

Tamil Nadu will face Assembly elections on April 6 in a single phase and the results will be declared on May 2.