The nominations of seven Rajya Sabha candidates, including that of Vaiko, were accepted Tuesday, putting to rest doubts over the prospects of the MDMK leader following his conviction in a sedition case last week. The nominations of two candidates from AIADMK and three from DMK, besides PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss were accepted following scrutiny, said Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary K Srinivasan.
Srinivasan is the Returning Officer for the biennial elections to the six seats from Tamil Nadu on July 18. A press note from Srinivasan said four nominations were
rejected. The nominations accepted were that of
N Chandrasekaran and Muhammedjan (both AIADMK) and DMK's P Wilson, M Shanmugam and N R Elango. As part of their pre-poll agreement ahead of the April 18 Lok Sabha polls, the ruling AIADMK had agreed to allot one
MDMK, under an "unwritten agreement", that Vaiko alone will be the candidate. However, following Vaiko's conviction in the sedition case, there were doubts about his nomination being accepted.
Vaiko said he had been informed that Elango, a senior advocate, would withdraw the nomination if the former's papers were taken.
Vaiko was on July 5 convicted by a special court here in a 2009 sedition case and was sentenced to undergo simple
Imprisonment for a year. Following a plea, the sentence was subsequently stayed
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