CHENNAI: Fresh faces lined up on Monday to be interviewed by the AIADMK supremo Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence, in the hope of being included in the AIADMK’s list of candidates to be fielded for the upcoming Assembly elections.
Barring a few MLAs, many among the 100 or so who were present for the interview are present and past leaders of local bodies and others who are yet to contest any Assembly elections. Candidates who were called hailed from Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram. Out of the 100 or so called, around 50 candidates were interviewed.
Some of the grassroots level functionaries were understandably surprised and elated at being called for the interview.
Interview of candidates had begun as early as March 6. Candidates from Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Vellore will be interviewed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, as many as 55 small organisations and political outfits announced their support to the ruling party in the Assembly elections. A couple of days ago, 34 outfits met the senior Ministers at the party’s headquarters and conveyed their support to the AIADMK.
On Monday, the office-bearers of these parties met the six-member team constituted for seat-sharing talks with the alliance parties. The team comprised of senior ministers
O Panneerselvam, R Viswanathan, R Vaithilingam, K Palanisamy, P Thangamani and SP Velumani.
Maaveeran Dheeran Chinnamalai Peravai, Anaithu Makkal Puratchi Katchi, Dravida Makkal Viduthalai Katchi, All India Christian Makkal Viduthalai Munnani, All India Viswakarma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, Thamizhaga Vivasayigal Katchi and Pasumpon Makkal Kazhagam Tamil Maanila Kattida Thozhilalar Sangam are among those who extended support to the AIADMK on Monday. The Dravida Makkal Viduthalai Katchi office bearers said they had sought five seats in the AIADMK-led alliance.
Many of the outfits used the occasion to air the demands of their communities. Party sources said more outfits have sought time on Tuesday to convey their support to the AIADMK.