After a long gap of 15 years, Communist Party of India (Marxist) will be seen contesting from Madurai constituency. Contesting for CPM is the renowned writer Su Venkatesan, who has been working with CPM for the past 28 years.
On the other hand, P.R Natarajan, former Lok Sabha member from CPM will be seen contesting from Coimbatore constituency. This is Natarajan’s third elections from Coimbatore. In 2009 elections, he won the Kovai seat with a margin of 35,000 votes. However, he couldn’t maintain the same in the 2014 elections, when he was pushed to the fifth position.
“Coimbatore is facing a very bad traffic problem. So I had invited Metro E Sreedharan to Coimbatore and he had surveyed the entire city and suggested that Metro rail is necessary for a city like Coimbatore to address the traffic issues. I have recommended this scheme to the government of Tamil Nadu a lot of times, but nobody took it up seriously. So I will urge the state government to take this idea forward and bring metro rail to Coimbatore,” said Natarajan in an interview given to The News Minute.
The candidate from Madurai, Su Venkatesan is a Sahitya Akademi winner and was also working as the president of Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Association. He had earlier contested in the 2006 assembly elections from Tiruparankundram constituency and lost to AIADMK cadre A K Bose by 12,686 votes.
Su Venkatesan is also introducing interesting campaigns like “Selfie with SuVe” to aim young voters. He also is distributing face masks with his photo imprinted.
Responding to the Indian Express, Venkatesan said, “Madurai is an international heritage city, but deserted by the Union government. There has been no special scheme for its development.”
Venkatesan also said that his focus would be on higher educational institutions, drinking water and also added that he would work towards turning Madurai to a metro city.
Venkatesan will be seen contesting against the son of AIADMK’s Madurai North MLA and Secretary of the AIADMK’s IT Wing, VVR Raj Sathyan.