For both leaders it will be their first direct election. Kanimozhi, who has been elected twice to the Rajya Sabha, has been grooming the constituency, spending a large portion of her MPLAD funds there.
The big takeaway from the list is announcement of BJP president Amit Shah to contest his first Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, a seat that has been represented by senior leader L.K. Advani for past five terms.
Attacking the CPI(M), senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala told reporters that it was unfortunate that party offices of the CPI(M) have become "rape centres. I have regret in saying this. But that is the fact".
Mubashir Asad, younger brother of Rizwan, says injury marks were clearly visible all over his body. He says there was a major injury on the left side of the eye and cut marks and deep burn marks on his thighs at the front as well as back. “His tummy was swollen," he says.