With a view to selecting candidates well in time, the ruling AIADMK on Wednesday invited applications from party functionaries who aspire to contest the coming LS elections.
In a statement here, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa said party members who wished to contest from the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry should collect the application forms from the party headquarters from December 19 to 27.
In a separate statement, party treasurer O Panneerselvam said the aspirants should pay `25,000 per application. The aspirants can submit the filled in applications during the same period.
Jayalalithaa has been aiming to win all the 40 LS seats so that the party could have a say at the Centre, which would help resolve many issues faced by Tamil Nadu. She has already ruled out any alliance for facing the elections.
Jayalalithaa said that both Congress and the BJP had betrayed Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery water issue and the AIADMK would face the LS elections alone.