The seat was formerly held by DMK chief M Karunanidhi and fell vacant upon his demise in August 2018.

Elections to M Karunanidhis vacant seat Thiruvarur on Jan 28
news Elections Monday, December 31, 2018 - 17:50

The Election Commission of India has announced that bye-elections in Thiruvarur legislative assembly constituency will be held on January 28. The seat has been vacant for four months following the death of former Chief Minister and MLA M Karunanidhi in August this year.

In an announcement on Monday, the Election Commission said that it had decided to hold bye-elections “after taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions, etc.”

The date of polling would be January 28, Monday. Candidates would have to file their nominations by January 10, Thursday. Counting of votes would take place on January 31, Thursday.

The announcement comes even as 20 legislative assembly constituencies are currently without representatives in the state following the disqualification of 18 MLAs who pledged their support to RK Nagar MLA and AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran, as well as following the deaths of the AIADMK MLA AK Bose and the DMK’s M Karunanidhi.

While the ruling AIADMK and the principal opposition the DMK would be contesting these seats, of the newer parties, TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK and actor turned politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam have also thrown their hat in the ring.

The AIADMK and the DMK have already begun poll preparations in several of the constituencies, meeting district level workers over the last couple of months. However, Thiruvarur in particular, has long been a DMK bastion. The late DMK President has been elected twice from this constituency while the party itself has won at Thiruvarur on four other occasions. However, the Communist Party of India(Marxist) too has been elected from the constituency in 1980, 1984, 1989 and 1991.

The bye-polls are also the first that Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin would be facing as the newly-elected DMK President MK Stalin, with a lot hinging on his leadership to tap into the anti-incumbency factor.

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