The former state transport Minister Balaji was also once of the trusted aide of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and post the split in AIADMK he joined Dhinakaran camp. He was elected from Aravakurichi in November 2016,
Balaji joined the AIADMK in 2000, before which he was with the DMK. Six years later, he got elected from the Karur constituency, defeating the DMK’s fdistrict secretary Vasuki Murugesan. In 2011, when the AIADMK returned to power, he became Transport Minister.