Jaipur, India (PressExposure) April 24, 2009 -- Chidambaram files nomination papers from Sivaganga
Sivaganga. Senior Congress leader and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today filed his nomination from the Sivaganga Lok Sabha constituency, from where he was seeking re-election to the Lower House of Parliament in the May 13 polls.
Mr Chidambaram filed his papers before District Collector and Returning Officer Pankaj Kumar Bansal.
He was accompanied by his son Karti Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu HR and CE Minister K R Periyakaruppan, Congress MLA from Tiruvadanai K R Ramasamy and Pudukkottai district DMK Secretary Periannan Arasu.
Sivaganga was Mr Chidambaram`s home turf as he would be contesting for a record eighth time from the seat. He was seeking his record seventh win from the seat, which had returned Congress members to the Lok Sabha in nine of the last 14 parliamentary polls.
Mr Chidambaram got elected from the seat for four times on Congress ticket in 1984, 1989, 1991 and in 2004. He had twice won as a candidate of the erstwhile Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 and 1998. The only occasion he lost the seat was in 1999, when Mr Chidambaram contesting as TMC nominee, was beaten by eventual winner E M Sudarsana Nachiappan, before regaining it in 2004.