Tamil Nadu

Gangai Amaran strikes a chord with R.K. Nagar voters

There was a moment at the beginning of music composer Gangai Amaran’s campaign last week at Ezhil Nagar that served as a template for the BJP candidate’s style of reaching out to voters.

After arriving 15 minutes past his expected arrival time of 5 p.m., Mr. Amaran proceeded to visit the Thoppai Vinayagar Koil at the corner of the street and the Tondiarpet High Road. Accompanying him was actor Gayathri Raghuram, elevated last week to the BJP youth wing’s national executive committee.

On emerging from the temple, photojournalists and news camera persons requested a photo-op from Mr. Amaran. By then, the BJP’s campaign party had proceeded further down the main street. The music director, however, obliged without hesitation — he proceeded to the 1st Street of Ezhil Nagar’s B Block for a door-to-door campaign. Chaos ensued when BJP workers found their candidate missing.

They backtracked, found Mr. Amaran among the cameras and led him to the open-top auto rickshaw intended for the narrow streets of the locality — a patch of land with canals on all sides — Buckingham, Captain Cotton, Kodungaiyur and a fourth that connects the last two. Only the Kodungaiyur Canal separates the locality from the Kodungaiyur Landfill.

It is clear that even as summer creeps in and the campaign intensifies, the affable and unassuming Mr. Amaran will have an advantage over most counterparts in one respect: he seems to truly look forward to being on the campaign trail. There were many give-aways — Mr. Amaran’s willingness to stop his campaign vehicle and smile for selfies being the most obvious. At the beginning of the campaign, he picked up the microphone — the only time he did in the first hour — to instruct those carrying party flags to walk further ahead, because they were obstructing his view to the people on either side of the street.

Those who wanted to felicitate him with shawls were welcomed to climb aboard the cramped autorickshaw and pose for photographs.

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