AIADMK cadre are working with enthusiasm to retain the Tiruchy constituency where Srirangam, represented by party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is situated.
Now, the major rivals AIADMK and DMK have fielded P Kumar and MNU Anbalagan respectively, both belonging to the Mukkulathor community and political observers feel that the real fight would be between these two candidates though other parties like DMDK and CPM have fielded their candidates.
The Tiruchirappalli Parliamentary Constituency, which had a majority of Mutharayar voters before delimitation, has Mukkulathors as the majority now. It is evident that during the previous election, Srirangam, Musiri and Lalgudi segments, strongholds of Muthrayars, has been redrawn and attached with Musiri and Lalgudi which come under Perambalur. Gandarvakkottai and Pudukkottai, dominated by Mukkulathor, has now been linked to Tiruchy. Obviously, the dominant caste in the constituency has turned out to be the Mukkulathors.
The revenue district of Tiruchy includes Srirangam, Tiruchy (West), Tiruchy (East), Tiruverambur, Lalgudi, Manachanallur, Musiri, Thuraiyur and Manapparai Assembly segments.
After the delimitation, rural areas like Lalgudi, Manachanallur, Musiri and Thuraiyur have been shifted to the adjacent Perambalur Parliamentary Constituency. Similarly, Manapparai another new Assembly segment, has been brought under the Karur Parliamentary Constituency.
In the 2009 General Elections, P Kumar (AIADMK) contested against Sarubala R Thondaiman (Congress). Kumar secured 2,98,710 votes while Sarubala secured 2,94,375 votes.
In the 2004 General Elections, L Ganesan who contested as an MDMK candidate won with a margin of over two lakh votes over his nearest rival M Paranjothi (AIADMK). Ganesan secured 4,50,907 votes while Paranjothi could get only 2,34,182 votes.