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Top Contest of Tamil Nadu polls 2016: ANR Pannerselvam versus Karunanidhi


M Karunanidhi will be pitted against AIADMK leader ANR Pannerselvam from Thiruvarur. A veteran winner from the constituency, Karunanidhi may have a fare chance to win. However, Pannerselvam has other opinions.

In fact, Pannerselvam says that he will win by a margin of 40,000 votes, thanks to the work done by J Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu elections 2016

Date of polling: Tamil Nadu will go to assembly polls in a single phase on May 16, Monday. The result will be declared on May 19.

2011 election result

M Karunanidhi had contested from the Thiruvarur constituency and had won 109014 votes, while his opponent, Rajendran. M from the AIADMK garnered 58765 votes. Panneerselvam fought from Bodinayakkanur and garnered 95235 votes against Lakshmanan S of DMK.

Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK won 160 seats out of 234 constituencies and she took oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the third time on May 16, 2011.

[Read: Tamil Nadu polls 2016: Congress to contest in 41 seats ]

M Karunanidhi (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)

The veteran leader will start State-wide campaign with a public meeting at Saidapet on April 23. Camping there for a few days, he will be filing his nomination there on April 25, which would be followed by a public meeting. After completing the state-wide campaign, he would be returning to campaign in his constituency on May 12 before winding up in Chennai on May 14.

After the constituency was brough under the general category in 2008, he contested from there in 2011 and emerged victorious with a huge margin of 50,249 vote over his AIADMK rival.

ANR Panneerselvam (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)

Expressing confidence about his win at the assembly elections from Thiruvarur constituency, he claimed that he was the native of the village and not Karunanidhi. "He is actually from Nagai district. I am the true son of this soil and the people of Tiruvarur will certainly elect me. And they will prefer me as I will be more accessible than him," he said.

[Read: Tamil Nadu polls 2016: PWF-DMDK-TMC alliance finalises seats]

In fact, he claims that he would win by a margin of more than 40,000 votes. Banking on the sops provided by Amma, he said,"Every household in Tiruvarur has at least one souvenir of Amma government's kindness and concern for the people-free laptops for the students, free mixer grinders for the kitchen, free table fan, free saris and dhotis, and so on. The list is endless. People will not forget that."

Our analysis

DMK chief M Karunanidhi will be the uncontested winner as he has been winning all 13 times. Moreover, Panneerselvam is comparatively a newbie and and is yet to reach the heights that Karunanidhi has reached.

[Read: Tamil Nadu polls 2016: Dissent in DMDK over alliance with PWF ]

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