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Puducherry Elections 2016 - Updates and Results

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May 03, 2016 11:46 AM
Puducherry will witness 344 candidates, including 97 independents, battling it out for wining the Assembly polls on 16 May. On Monday, 22 candidates..... Read More
April 28, 2016 12:07 PM
The demand of statehood looks set to become the single most important issue in Puducherry Assembly elections this year with political parties having..... Read More
April 27, 2016 05:56 PM
A total of 39 candidates filed their nominations for 16 May assembly polls on Tuesday. Former Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam, who is the current Lea..... Read More
April 25, 2016 11:09 AM
As AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa is slated to visit the Uppalam Old Harbour ground for election campaign today, the local administration decided to e..... Read More
April 23, 2016 12:07 PM
Filing of nominations for the 16 May assembly elections in Puducherry began on Friday. The candidates can file their nominations till 29 April from ..... Read More

Quick facts for Pondicherry Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies1
Assembly Constituencies 30
Ruling PartyAll India N.R. Congress
Opposition PartyINC
Chief MinisterN. Rangaswamy
GovernorA. K. Singh
Chief Electoral OfficerDr. V. Candavelou, I.A.S.
CEO AddressThe Chief Electoral Officer, Villianur Road, Reddiarpalayam, Puducherry 605010

Puducherry Election Date 2016

The date for the 2016 assembly elections has been announced by the Election Commission. All the 30 assembly constituencies will go to polls on a single day, which is 16 May. The votes will be counted on 19 May.

Poll EventDates (All 30 ACs)
Date of NotificationApr 22, 2016
Last Date for filing NominationsApr 29, 2016
Date for scrutiny of nominationsApr 30, 2016
Last date for withdrawal of candidaturesMay 2, 2016
Date of pollMay 16, 2016
Date of countingMay 19, 2016
Date before which the election shall be completedMay 21, 2016

Note: All 30 ACs will go to poll on a single day.

Puducherry Election 2016

With chief minister N. Rangaswamy coming to an end of his tenure in June, 2016, Puducherry is geared up for a fresh phase of elections later this year. Elections to the legislative assembly will be held to choose representatives from 30 constituencies of the union territory.

Rangaswamy has made important contributions in building the infrastructure of Puducherry. He has strengthened the education system by arranging for free education in government schools and implementing the Mid-day Meal Scheme. Rangaswamy resigned from Congress and founded a new political party, All India N R Congress, on 7 February, 2011. This party won 15 seats in the 2011 assembly elections that were held three months later.

In the run-up to the 2016 assembly elections, Rangaswamy and his party will be aiming at consolidating their base in all the regions of the union territory, especially Congress strongholds like Mahe and Yanam. The AINRC is looking to draw sections within the Congress party that are disillusioned with the party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is also raring to strengthen its presence in Puducherry. BJP president Amit Shah is in talks with the party's Puducherry unit to decide on the party's plan of action for the forthcoming elections.

Evidently, Puducherry is going to see some frenetic political activity in the run-up to what is going to be an interesting contest during the crucial assembly elections.

What do the Opinion Polls Say?

According to an opinion poll conducted by India TV-CVoter, the Congress-DMK alliance is projected to win 17 out of the 30 seats in the upcoming assembly elections in Puducherry. The opinion poll predicts that the AINRC will win seven, AIADMK just one and others 5 assembly seats. The BJP is not likely to win any seat though it may get about 8.7 % of the total votes.

Puducherry: Parties & Alliances

Incumbent party AINRC is aiming to consolidate its support base in all regions of Puducherry, including Mahe and Yanam. The People's Welfare Front (PWF) is an alliance of CPI(M), CPI, VCK, MDMK and RSP. It has emerged as an important challenger to the AINRC. Main opposition party Congress and the DMK will fight the elections together. The BJP is also determined to make inroads in Puducherry following its victory in the 2014 general elections.

Major Political Parties of Puducherry

The INC, BJP, DMK and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) will fight it out for Puducherry. The incumbent Congress under the leadership of V Narayanasamy will hope to make a winning return. However, the PMK looks keen to give the Congress and DMK a run for their money. PMK has joined hands with the All India NR Congress (AINRC) after the party resolved not to align with either the DMK or the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). As for the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK, MV Omalingam will contest from the Puducherry constituency for the party.

Issues of the State

Puducherry is the third most densely populated region in India. Tourism and fisheries are the two primary industries in this union territory. Recently, the Union Government announced its intentions to assign Rs. 85 crore for Puducherry's tourism sector.

Road safety is an important issue concerning Puducherry. According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), this union territory has the highest number of accidental deaths per population density. The NCRB report stated that Puducherry recorded 68.3 deaths per lakh of population. This is much higher than the national average of 32.6. Taking note of this, the Puducherry government has introduced its 'Road Safety and Action Plan' to cut down road accidents to half by 2020.

On the occasion of International Yoga festival held recently in Puducherry, chief minister N. Rangaswamy hinted at making yoga a part of the school curriculum. Since Puducherry is considered to be an important destination for educational tourism, Rangaswamy emphasised that yoga is an art that students visiting the state can immensely benefit from.

State Legislative Assembly of Puducherry

The State Assembly of Puducherry was established in 1963 and constitutes of 30 assembly constituencies out of which five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. It is unicameral and each assembly serves for a period of five years, unless dissolved earlier and is led by the Chief Minister. The last Assembly Elections, held in 2011, were won by AINRC who bagged a majority of 12 seats.

Puducherry Assembly Election Results:

Puducherry Elections History

Listed below is the detailed history of all the General Elections that were conducted here.
  • INC won the 1967 General Elections by bagging the only seat in Puducherry.
  • In 1971, INC won the Lok Sabha Elections by winning the only seat available.
  • The General Elections of 1977 was won by AIADMK.
  • In 1980, the General Elections were won by INC.
  • The 1984 Lok Sabha Elections were won by INC once again.
  • The 1989 General Elections in Puducherry were won by INC for a third consecutive term.
  • In 1991, the Lok Sabha Elections were won by INC who bagged the only available seat in Puducherry.
  • INC once again bagged the only seat available in the 1996 Lok Sabha Elections.
  • In 1998, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) broke INC's monopoly and won the sole available seat in the General Elections.
  • INC once again came into power by winning the 1999 General Elections.
  • In 2004, the Lok Sabha Elections were won by the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).
  • The 2009 General Elections, INC won the sole seat in Puducherry.

List of Chief Ministers of Puducherry

Since 1963, Puducherry has been governed by nine different Chief Ministers, who served a total of eighteen terms. M. O. Farook Hussain was elected as the Chief Minister of Puducherry three times and was the youngest Chief Minister to be elected in India. The first Chief Minister was elected in 1963 and belonged to INC. The current Chief Minister is N. Rangaswamy (AINRC), who assumed office in 2011, has been successful in developing Puducherry immensely.
S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1N. RangaswamyMay 17, 2011PresentAINRC
2V. VaithilingamSep 4, 2008May 14, 2011INC
3N. RangaswamyMay 13, 2006Sep 4, 2008INC
4N. RangaswamyOct 27, 2001May 12, 2006INC
5P. ShanmugamMay 24, 2001Oct 26, 2001INC
6P. ShanmugamMar 22, 2000May 15, 2001INC
7R. V. JanakiramanMay 26, 1996Mar 21, 2000DMK
8V. VaithilingamJul 4, 1991May 13, 1996INC
9President's RuleMar 3, 1991Jul 4, 1991 
10M. D. R. RamachandranMar 8, 1990Mar 3, 1991DMK
11M. O. H. FarookMar 16, 1985Mar 4, 1990INC
12President's RuleJun 24, 1983Mar 16, 1985 
13M. D. R. RamachandranJan 16, 1980Jun 24, 1983DMK
14President's RuleNov 12, 1978Jan 16, 1980 
15Subramanyan RamaswamyJul 2, 1977Nov 12, 1978AIADMK
16President's RuleMar 28, 1974Jul 2, 1977 
17Subramanyan RamaswamyMar 6, 1974Mar 28, 1974AIADMK
18President's RuleJan 3, 1974Mar 6, 1974 
19M. O. H. FarookMar 17, 1969Jan 3, 1974DMK
20President's RuleSep 18, 1968Mar 17, 1969 
21V. Venkatasubha ReddiarMar 6, 1968Sep 18, 1968INC
22M. O. H. FarookApr 9, 1967Mar 6, 1968INC
23V. Venkatasubha ReddiarSep 11, 1964Apr 9, 1967INC
24Edouard GoubertJul 1, 1963Aug 24, 1964INC

List of Lieutenant Governors of Puducherry

The Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry is appointed by the Central Government and represents the Centre's authority. The first Lt. Governor of Puducherry was S. L. Silam, who took office in 1963. The current Lt. Governor is A. K. Singh and he assumed office in 2014.
S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1A. K. SinghJul 12, 2014Incumbent
2Virendra KatariaJul 10, 2013Jul 11, 2014
3Iqbal SinghJul 27, 2009Jul 9, 2013
4Surjit Singh BarnalaApr 9, 2009Jul 27, 2009
5Govind Singh GurjarJul 23, 2008Jun 4, 2009
6Bhopinder SinghMar 15, 2008Jul 22, 2008
7Mukut MithiJul 19, 2006Dec 3, 2008
8M. M. LakheraJul 7, 2004Jul 18, 2006
9Nagendra Nath JhaMay 1, 2004Jun 7, 2004
10K. R. MalkaniJul 31, 2002Oct 27, 2003
11Rajani RaiApr 23, 1998Jul 29, 2002
12Rajendra Kumari BajpaiFeb 5, 1995Apr 22, 1998
13Har Swarup SinghDec 19, 1990May 2, 1993
14ChandrawatiFeb 19, 1990Dec 18, 1990
15Ranjit Singh DyalJun 22, 1988Feb 19, 1990
16Tribhuvan Prasad TewaryJan 10, 1984Jun 21, 1988
17Kona Prabhakara RaoFeb 9, 1983Jun 17, 1984
18K.M. ChandyMay 15, 1982May 8, 1983
19R.N. HaldipurJul 27, 1981May 14, 1982
20R.K. VyasJan 11, 1980Jul 26, 1981
21B.T. KulkarniAug 30, 1976Oct 31, 1980
22ChhedilalAug 11, 1972Aug 29, 1976
23B.D. JattiOct 14, 1968Jul 11, 1972
24S.L. SilamOct 14, 1963Oct 13, 1968

Rajya Sabha Members From Puducherry

N GokulaKrishnanAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra KazhagamOct 7, 2015 - Oct 6, 2021

Cabinet Ministers of Puducherry

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister, Confidential and Cabinet Department, General Administration Department, Home Department, Revenue and Excise, Public Works, Planning and Finance, Co-operation Health, Town and Country Planning ,Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ,Science, Technology and Environment ,All other subjects not allocated to any other MinistersThiru. N. RANGASAMY
SpeakerV. Sababathi Kothandaraman
Deputy SpeakerT.P.R Selvam
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry,Industries and Commerce, Economics and Statistics, Stationery and Printing, PortM. Chandracasu
Social Welfare, Adi Dravidar Welfare , Women and Child Welfare, Backward Class Welfare ,Labour and Employment, TourismP. Rajavelu
Local Administration Department, Community Department, DRDA, Urban Basic Services, Fisheries, Housing, Fire ServicesN.G. Pannirselvam
Electricity Department , Forest Department, School Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Art and Culture, Science, Technology and EnvironmentT. Thiagarajan
Chairman - Pondicherry Distilleries Limited cum Karikal DevelopmentV.M.C Sivakumar
Pondicherry Govt WhipG. Nehru Kuppusamy
Pondicherry CMs Parliament SecratoryM. Vaithiyanathan
Chairman - PIPDIC P. Angalan
Chairman - Pondicherry Slum Clearance BoardP. Karthikeyan
Chairman - Power Corporation LimitedP.R Siva
Chairman - PASICA. Ashok Aanand
Chairman - PAPSCOA. Tamiz Selvan
Chairman - Pondicherry Social Welfare BoardB. Revady
Chairman - Pondicherry Textile CorporationV. Bhalan
Chairman - Swadeshi and Bharathi Textile MillsS. Baskarane
Chairman - Pondicherry Housing BoardG. Mathi Venkatesan
Chairman - Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Krishi Vigyan KendraG. Suresh Raghu
Chairman - Pondicherry Adi Dravidar Development CorporationPrashanth Kumar
Chairman - Backward Class and Minority Development CorporationC. Balamurugan
Chairman - Puducherry Tourism Development CorporationVaiyapuri Manikandan
Chairman - Karikal Planning AuthorityK. Govindraj

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Puducherry

Dr. V. Candavelou (IAS)
The Chief Electoral Officer of Puducherry
The Chief Electoral Officer, Villianur Road, Reddiarpalayam, Puducherry 605010
Email Address

Pondicherry Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise

Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in Pondicherry Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

Pondicherry 2014 Party Wise Results
Last Updated on April 07, 2016

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