V Maitreyan, AIADMK leader and three-time Rajya Sabha MP, has requested to contest from South Madras constituency for Lok Sabha election. He has dismissed reports on Chennai Central.
Chennai: AIADMK leader and three-time Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan said he has expressed his interest in contesting from the South Madras constituency to his party for
Lok Sabha elections. However , he said it is not before a week that there will be clarity on where he will be contesting from.
Speaking to MyNation, Maitreyan said, “I have given a request to contest from the South Madras constituency, but the party will decide further course of action.”
MyNation questioned him about reports that suggested that Maitreyan sought the Chennai Central constituency. To which he replied, “I have asked for South Madras as that is my main target. We’ll see about Chennai Central later.”
The AIADMK leader’s tenure at the Rajya Sabha ends in July 2019.
Maitreyan’s re-nomination for a fourth term in the upper house of the Parliament looks bleak and the senior leader has now decided to try his hand at the Lok Sabha.
Alongside Maitreyan, the terms of three other AIADMK MPs KR Arjunan, T Rathinavel and R Lakshmanan also end in July 2019.
The AIADMK recently joined hands with the BJP and the PMK. AIADMK has promised seven Lok Sabha seats and a Rajya Sabha seat to Ramadoss-led PMK.
DMDK is also considering joining the alliance with a demand for one Rajya Sabha seat along with five Lok Sabha seats.
With such political developments, MyNation asked if Maitreyan felt his chances of re-nomination were low. Maitreyan said, “We will see about that when we get there. Anyway, my term is ending in July 2019.”
With 21 vacant Assembly seats, the fate of the Edappadi Palaniswami government will be decided in the by-polls.
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Last Updated Mar 5, 2019, 2:06 PM IST