GK Vasan, who quit Congress in November 2014 along with his supporters to revive Tamil Maanila Congress, has chosen not to contest and his name did not figure in the list of candidates. (PTI file photo)
Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) chief GK Vasan will not contest the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls on May 16.
The party today released its list of 26 candidates which includes several former legislators and a sitting legislator.
Mr Vasan, who quit Congress in November 2014 along with his supporters to revive TMC, has chosen not to contest and his name did not figure in the list of candidates. The former Union minister did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election either.
Out of the five sitting Congress legislators, two - S John Jacob (Killiyur) and NR Rengarajan (Pattukottai) - owe "allegiance" to TMC. While Mr Jacob has been nominated from the same seat, Mr Rengarajan's name did not figure in the list.
Party sources said Mr Rengarajan opted out of contest as TMC could not get Pattukottai seat in seat-sharing from other poll-partners.
TMC is facing the polls as part of the DMDK-People's Welfare Front and is contesting on 26 seats.
Former legislators, OR Ramachandran will contest from Cumbum, C Gnanasekaran from Vaniyambadi, AS Maheswari from Madathukulam, and M Rajasekaran from Musiri. Former Member of Parliament R Devadoss will try his luck from Salem North.
In Chennai, Biju Chacko will fight from Royapuram and AS Munavar Batcha from Mylapore.