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Former DGPR. Nataraj is the AIADMK candidate in Mylapore

April 14, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:47 am IST - CHENNAI:

Friends of police:AIADMK candidate for Mylapore constituencyR. Nataraj campaigning at the Marina.— Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Friends of police:AIADMK candidate for Mylapore constituencyR. Nataraj campaigning at the Marina.— Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

As yoga practitioners stretch themselves and morning walkers take fast steps along the pathway, an unusual group walks in. The man in the front approaches the walkers with a smile and introduces the AIADMK’s Mylapore candidate — former Director-General of Police R. Nataraj — and asks them to vote for the “two leaves” symbol.

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Nataraj and his group of supporters chose to begin the day’s campaign at the Nageshwara Rao Park in Mylapore. “With the blessings of the Chief Minister, I want to ensure that government services reach the people. I want the voters to understand that I am always available, reliable and credible,” says Mr. Nataraj, who was a student of Vivekananda College and has served as And as the group of AIADMK canvassers continue their walk around the park, A section of those who met him say they are happy to note a former police officer as their candidate. “He looks just the same… didn’t he retire four years ago? I am sure he will ensure safety in our localities,” says Janaki Lakshman, a resident.

He has broad plans for his constituency. “I want to strengthen Mylapore’s image as a tourist destination and preserve its heritage,” he says.

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