Gangai Amaran, the younger brother of music maestro Ilayaraja is the Bharatiya Janata Party's R K Nagar candidate. The high-profile constituency which was held by Jayalalithaa fell vacant, following her death. All eyes are on the elections to be held next month and there are many contenders including Jayalalithaa's niece, Deepa.
Amaran says he is ready for the challenge. "There is a personal element to this election. I will fight this election on behalf of all those people who have been fooled by them," Amaran said without referring to the Sasikala family. "A lot of people have suffered under these people," he added.
For the BJP, Amaran is a good bet. At first, it was expected that the BJP's state president Tamilisai Soundararajan would contest the R K Nagar seat. She, however withdrew after senior leaders of the party advised her. The BJP would hope to ride high on Amaran's popularity. He is a Dalit and the constituency has a large number of Dalit voters.