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BJP names veteran music director Gangai Amaran for bypoll

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

today announced veteran Tamil film music director Gangai Amaran as its candidate for the April 12 byelection to the assembly from R K Nagar constituency.

The candidature of Gangai Amaran, who has recently publicly supported former chief minister O Panneerselvam for his revolt against chief V K Sasikala, was announced by the in a release tonight.

Gangai Amran, brother of music mastero Illayaraja, had joined the in 2014.

A noted lyricist, Gangai Amaran had recently accused Sasikala of arm twisting him to part with his farm house on the city outskirts during late chief minister Jayalalithaa's first regime from 1991 to 1996.

has fielded its Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran as its candidate for the bypoll, necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa, while the rebel camp headed by O Panneerselvam has named E Madhusudanan.

Opposition has announced Marudu Ganesh, a journalist-turned politician, as its candidate in the election, seen as a first litmus test for the after Sasikala took over the party.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 22:42 IST