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Lok Sabha elections: BJP releases list of 9 candidates for TN

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NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday released the third list of nine candidates in Tamil Nadu for

Lok Sabha elections

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Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai will contest from Coimbatore, former Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan from Chennai (South), Union minister L Murugan from Nilgiris and Nainar Nagendran from Tirunelveli. The list also includes Radhakrishnan, T R Paarivendhar, Narasimhan and AC Shanmugam.
The saffron party, which inked a pact with smaller parties and outfits, including TMC and AMMK and estranged AIADMK leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam, would hope for a better performance in Tamil Nadu in Lok Sabha polls this year.
The party could not win a single seat in 2019 Lok Sabha polls when it contested in alliance with the AIADMK and PMK. The party won from Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat in 2014. The party’s Tamil Nadu leaders, including state president K Annamalai, have launched all-out efforts to face the polls successfully.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the alliance led by DMK won 38 of the 39 seats. The alliance led by AIADMK, in which BJP and PMK were constituents among others, could manage to win only one seat. The lone Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry was bagged by the Congress, DMK’s ally.
Meanwhile, the PMK has signed an agreement with the BJP to contest in 10 constituencies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In the 2014 election, PMK contested in eight constituencies in NDA and won a single seat from Dharmapuri. However, in 2019, the PMK was part of the AIADMK-led alliance in which the BJP was also part. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the PMK contested in seven seats and drew a blank.
Poised for a three-cornered battle, Tamil Nadu, along with Puducherry would go to polls on April 19 in a single-phase election. Poised for a three-cornered battle, Tamil Nadu, along with Puducherry would go to polls on April 19 in a single-phase election. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha constituencies while Puducherry has one.

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