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The Son rises at Chennai's Thousand Lights

There was half an hour more for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from the Thousand Lights constituency to arrive but the place where he is going to kick off his campaign from looks as if a great festivity were about to begin. Quite understandable, for Thousand Lights is no ordinary constituency and the candidate is no ordinary DMK member; he is M K Stalin, son of DMK chief Kalaignar M Karunanidhi, and projected by the party as the future chief minister.

As the uniformed party workers lazily stood on the footpath with most of the party flags folded, Loganathan was busy with the last minute work of pasting a few posters of Stalin on the wall. "I have been with the party for many years. I have volunteered to do this for our leader. We are sure Stalin will win and our party will rule the state once again," he said, as he started pasting the second poster, not forgetting to ask whether his photo would be there on the front pages of the newspapers the next morning. "I will be famous then!"

Text: Shobha Warrier | Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj

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