Our goal is to ensure the victory of that one candidate who would be contesting on their behalf against the DMK alliance candidate, and a final decision regarding the by-poll would be taken soon, said the BJP state president K Annamalai.
Following the sudden demise of Congress MLA Thirumagan Eevera due to cardiac arrest on January 4, Erode East constituency fell vacant and the Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced a by-poll to fill the vacancy. The by-poll is scheduled on February 27 and vote counting is scheduled on March 2. The filling of nominations commences on January 31.
After the DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced that the Congress would contest in the by-poll as per the poll pact, the Congress on Sunday announced its decision to field former union minister and deceased MLA’s father EVKS Elangovan in the by-poll. Though the factions of both Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam announced separately that their faction would nominate a candidate on ‘two-leaves’ symbol in the by-poll, they still have not announced any candidate’s name.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Trichy, Annamalai said, “We have a responsibility to support the AIADMK candidate in all the possible ways in the upcoming by-poll. Even though BJP supporters want us to contest separately, we know what our strength is and we know what will happen when votes split. I am discussing with alliance party leaders. AIADMK is a big party and there are a lot of aspiring potential candidates.”
Pointing out that they still have time to take a final decision regarding the by-poll, he said that their goal is to ensure the victory of that one candidate who contests in the by-election on their behalf against the DMK alliance candidate. Hinting that the Congress is in deep trouble and people are closely watching the conduct of EVKS Elangovan, he said that it is uncertain whether the Congress district secretary would back their candidate.