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Chennai city has three constituencies -- Chennai South, Chennai Central and Chennai North -- each of them as different from the other as cheese is from chalk.
Chennai South, with around 1.5 million voters, is the most prestigious constituency in Tamil Nadu. Post delimitation, it has turned into a completely urban constituency.
From the high-profile IT highway, dotted with numerous IT majors, to the traditional Mylapore with the magnificent Kapaleeswara temple in its fold, the symbols of today's Chennai are all here in Chennai South.
The semi-urban segments like Alandur and Tambaram have been carved out of the limits of the constituency post delimitation.
Union Minister T R Baalu has won this constituency four times since 1996.
The only time an AIADMK candidate, Dr R Sridharan, won Chennai South was in 1991.
Chennai constituencies are considered DMK bastions. But judging from the results of the last assembly election, it appears the DMK's grip may no longer be intact.
In 2006, three assembly segments -- Mylapore, Saidapet and T Nagar -- went to the AIADMK.
Unlike the past, it will not be a straight fight between the DMK and AIADMK this time. The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, state BJP president L Ganesan, is expected to give his opponents a stiff fight.
Chennai South has more than 100,000 Brahmin voters, who are looking for a change. Ganesan may turn out to be their nominee.
After Baalu moved to Sriperumbudur (an industrial town in Kanchipuram district), the DMK fielded R S Bharati, the longest serving chairman of Alandur municipality, as its candidate. Unfortunately, Alandur is now part of the Sriperumbudur constituency after delimitation.
AIADMK candidate S Rajendran is making his electoral debut.
Young voters may be influenced by what the slum kid turned businessman E Sarathbabu, an Independent candidate, has to offer.
Prediction: Expect a tough fight and a surprise result.
The younger Maran subsequently became the Information and Technology minister in the Manmohan Singh government till he fell out with his grand uncle, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Those differences have now been resolved, and Maran is back as the candidate.
Many middle class voters in the constituency consider him an efficient minister, but he has not done much for Chennai Central. On the other hand, voters in Chennai South believe he has been instrumental in accelerating work on the IT Highway. Maran's chances would have been bright had he been the candidate from Chennai South.
Chennai Central has Muslims, fishermen and slum dwellers. It is to target this large vote-bank that the AIADMK fielded Mohammed Ali Jinnah against Maran. S Hyder Ali, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, is also targeting minority votes.
Prediction: Interesting contest, but Dayanidhi Maran has the edge.