CHENNAI: Like most politicians in the country, AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan, and T T V Dhinakaran who is contesting as an independent, are poorer than their wives, according to the assets declared by them in the affidavits filed along with their nomination papers for the RK Nagar Assembly by-election scheduled for December 21.
The assets of Dhinakaran and his family members have gone up by Rs 42 lakh in the past eight months, while that of Madhusudhanan and his family have come down by Rs 19 lakh.
Dhinakaran and his family members declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 11,19,62,430. Of this, Dhinakaran declared Rs 74.17 lakh. He declared assets worth Rs 9,27,93,211 in his wife’s name and assets worth Rs 1,17,41,411 in his dependants’ names.
The family has liabilities worth Rs 5,55,12,882. During the April 12 by-election to RK Nagar, Dhinakaran and his family members declared assets worth Rs 10.77 crore of which Dhinakaran’s component was Rs 68.89 lakh.
Madhusudhanan and his family members declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 5,18,75,113. Of this, Madhusudhanan owns Rs 1,49,53,941 and his wife owns Rs 3,69,21,172. In April, Madhusudhanan and his family declared assets worth Rs 5.37 crore.
DMK candidate N Marudhu Ganesh and his family has declared assets worth Rs 19,66,192. Of this, Ganesh owns Rs 12,57,845. In April, Ganesh and his family declared assets worth Rs 19.88 lakh.
Madhusudhanan, after filing his papers told mediapersons that the people of the constituency knew well that he would work for their welfare as they knew them for a long time.
Later, along with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and others, Madhusudhanan visited the memorials of late leaders J Jayalalithaa and M G Ramachandran and paid his respects.
Dhinakaran visited the memorial of Jayalalithaa ahead of filing his nomination papers. After filing his papers, he said: “Two Leaves is a symbol proposed by the late chief minister M G Ramachandran and nurtured by Amma. The symbol becomes respectable only if it is in the hands of appropriate persons. If it is with ‘betrayers’ who declare servitude to North with folded hands, the symbol will not be with them for a long time. By winning the RK Nagar by-election, we will prove that.”
Dhinakaran has sought one of the three symbols for him - hat, which he got in April 12 by-election, cricket bat and whistle. Sources said since already more than two candidates had sought hat symbol, it will be decided by a draw of lots after the scrutiny of nominations. If luck favours Dhinakaran, he will get hat symbol again.
Dhinakaran aides sported a a look alike of AIADMK flag - dark on top, white in middle and red below but without the picture of late Chief Minister CN Annadurai. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar took exception to the use of a look alike of his party’s flag