Chennai, April 13 (IANS) The DMK on Wednesday named 173 candidates for the May 16 assembly elections, fielding Simla Muthu Chozhan against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Announcing the list of candidates, the DMK said its top leader and former chief minister M. Karunanidhi will contest from Tiruvarur, 320 km from here.
His son and party treasurer M.K. Stalin will seek re-election from Kolathur in Chennai.
Simla Muthu Chozhan will take on Jayalalithaa in the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency here.
The DMK has allotted 61 of the total 234 seats to its allies including the Congress.
Notable names missing from the candidates’ list include former minister K. Anbazhagan, Pongalur Palanisamy, Subha Thangavelan and Ko Si Mani.
The DMK candidates include 19 women.
The DMK on Wednesday also signed an alliance agreement with the Congress for contesting the Puducherry assembly elections also due on May 16.
The Congress will contest in 21 and the DMK in nine seats. The Puducherry assembly has 30 seats.