Entrepreneur and whistleblower Dr. Biju Ramesh who is the chairman and MD of the Rajadhani business empire in Kerala will contest as the AIADMK candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala in the upcoming assembly polls scheduled to be held on May 16.
Dr. Biju who is also the Kerala Bar Ownersâ€™ Association working president had also been in the news for his alleged payment of a bribe of Rs.1 crore on the associationâ€™s behalf to renew licences of all those bars which were forcefully shut down by the Chandy-led UDF government in 2015.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by J Jayalalithaa -the incumbent Tamil Nadu CM- announced its list of Candidates for the poll-bound states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Buoyed by its success in the local body polls held in November last year, the party will field seven candidates in Kerala this time.
The party will field candidates in the Chitoor, Nemara and Malampuzha constituencies in Palakkad district, Peermedu, Devikulam and Udubanchozha constituencies in Idukki district and one from the Thiruvanathapuram constituency.
All these seven constituencies boast of a sizeable Tamil population.
Dr. Biju will contest against BJP candidate cricketer Sreesanth and Antony Raju who is the Left candidate. Though the ruling front is yet to announce its list of candidates, state health minister VS Shivakumar will most probably be fielded as the UDF candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency.