T he Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded K. Naghadas, a differently-abled person, as its candidate for the Thyagaraja Nagar constituency in Chennai. A resident of Ashok Nagar, Mr. Naghadas says he is contesting because he thinks a person with disability needs to be elected to the Assembly.

He says he has noticed “a lot of sympathy” during his campaign, “but I am not sure if it will be transformed into votes.”

Mr. Naghadas had to climb two flights of stairs at the zonal office in Kodambakkam to file his nomination papers earlier this week. Undeterred by the lack of elevators or ramps, he used his crutches to climb up to the conference room. On his way down, he handed them over to a party worker and walked down without assistance.