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Tamil Nadu Elections Results 2016

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Quick facts for Tamil Nadu Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies39
Assembly Constituencies 234
Ruling PartyAIADMK
Opposition PartyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
Chief MinisterJayaram Jayalalitha
GovernorKonijeti Rosaiah
Chief Electoral OfficerRajesh Lakhoni, I.A.S.
CEO AddressTamil Nadu Secretariat, St. George Fort, Chennai- 600009


Tamil Nadu Election Results 2016

Pie chart showing party wise 2016 election results for Tamil-nadu. Also shown along are 2011 pie chart showing the number of seats won by AIADMK,CPM,CPI,DMDK and Others.
Tamil Nadu Assembly 2016 Party Wise Results
Tamil Nadu Assembly Election Results 2011


Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016 Summary

The 2016 Assembly Election was held in Tamil Nadu in single phase on 16 May. The result was declared on 19 May. Jayaram Jayalalitha created history by being the first incumbent chief minister since 1989 to return to power in the state. She now holds the record for being the chief minister of the state for six times. Jayalalitha's AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) won 134 seats and main opposition party DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) bagged 89 seats. The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly has a sum total of 234 seats. Jayalalitha, who is popularly addressed as 'Amma', proved all exit polls wrong which said that she would lose to the DMK-Congress alliance. Perhaps, DMK's inability to capitalise on anti-incumbency and Jayalalitha's attractive welfare measures made it possible for her party to return to power.

Cabinet Ministers of Tamil Nadu

AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor K. Rosaiah at Madras University’s Centenary Hall on 23 May. Her 28 Cabinet colleagues were also sworn in. According to the new list of Tamil Nadu cabinet members, 13 new faces were inducted.
Let's have a look at the portfolios that will be handled by the ministers.

Experienced Members

Jayalalithaa's trusted aide, O. Panneerselvam, has been given the portfolio of Finance Minister. While Edappadi K. Palanisamy will handle PWD, Sellur K. Raju has been given the dual responsibility of Cooperation and Labour. K.P. Anbazhagan has become the new Higher Education Minister and R. Kamaraj has been given the portfolio of a Food Minister. C. Vijaya Baskar, B. Udhaya Kumar and M.C. Sampath will handle health, revenue and industries respectively.

New Faces

Some of the new faces that are handling important portfolios, include V. Saroja (Social Welfare), ‘Vellamandi’ Natarajan (Tourism), K.C. Karupannan (Environment), Udumalai Radhakrishnan (Housing & Urban Development), R. Duraikannu (Agriculture & Animal Husbandry) and Dr. Manikandan (I.T.).

Parties and Alliances

With Tamil Nadu going to elections in the summer of 2016, all major political contenders I the fray have begun preparations. DMK, the main opposition party, has announced that it will fight the elections together with the Congress. After splitting over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue a couple of years back, the two have come together once again for the upcoming elections. Ruling party AIADMK has allied with smaller regional parties and given up seven of the 234 seats for them to contest. Vijaykanth's DMDK has forged alliance with the People's Welfare Front (PWF).

About Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections

The state was renamed Tamil Nadu in August 1968 and the strength of its Legislative Assembly became 234.

The Indian National Congress (INC) was the prominent party in the early years of independence. Justice Party headed by Periyar E V Ramasamy was one of the earliest regional parties in the state. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), founded in 1949 by C N Annadurai , himself a former Justice Party member, came to power for the first time in 1967. The other main political party of the state, the AIADMK, was founded in 1972 by Dr M G Ramachandran, on leaving the DMK. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIDMK) led by M G Ramachandran formed the first state government in 1977. M G R remained in power as the CM for ten years till his death in 1987. DMK, currently headed by M Karunanidhi came to power in 1989. Since then each party has formed the government alternately. Currently Jayaram Jayalalitha of the AIADMK is the Chief Minister. M Karrunanidhi of the DMK has been the Chief Minister of the state five times.

In General Election to the Lok Sabha in 2009 DMK in alliance with INC and VKC won 27 out of 39 seats. DMK is part of the United Progressive Alliance with INC. AIADMK contested the 2009 elections as part of a Third Front with CPI and CPI (M).

Some of the prominent politicians of the state have been Shri G K Moopanar, former AICC General Secretary, Shri K Kamaraj and J Jayalalithaa former Chief Minister of the state.

Political Parties in Tamil Nadu

The main state and regional parties are:
  • All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)
  • Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK)
  • Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
  • Dravidar Kazhagam or Dravida Kazhagam (DK)
  • Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)
  • Manithaneya Makkal Katchi
  • Puthiya Tamilagam
  • Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi
The main national parties in the state are:
  • Indian National congress (INC)
  • Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)
  • Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M))
  • Communist Party of India (CPI)

Constituencies in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has 39 parliamentary constituencies out of which 7 are reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes. Some of the parliamentary constituencies are Thiruvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkhal, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul.

There are 234 state assembly constituencies out of which 44 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled castes and 2 are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes.

Some of the state assembly constituencies are Hosur, Aravakurichi, Maduravoyal, Athoor, Ambattur, Kurinjipadi, Anna Nagar, Thiruvarur, Cumbum, Mannargudi, Sankari, Poompuhar, Veerapandi, Nagapattinam, Singanallur, Edappadi, Jolarpet, Villivakkam, Papanasam, Tiruchengodu, Kovilpatti, Bhuvanagiri, Kanniyakumari, Villupuram, Manachanallur, Madurai central, Nagercoil, Palani, Melur, Thanjavur.

State Legislative Assembly Elections

The last state assembly elections were held in 2011. The number of elector who voted was 36756813. The number was 78 % of the total number of electors. The AIADMK won 150 seats. Its alliance partners DDMK won 29 seats and the CPI won 10 seats. The DMK, the incumbent government, won 23. The INC won 5 seats. The AIADMK formed the government and the current Chief Minister is Jayaram Jayalalitha of the AIADMK. The Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly is Shri D Jayakumar and the Deputy speaker is Shri P Dhanapal. The Leader of the House is O Panneerselvam and the Leader of the Opposition is Shri Vijaykant.

Tamil Nadu has a unicameral legislature with one house of the State Legislative Assembly. The Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly is also known as the Vidhan Sabha. The strength of the state assembly is 234 directly elected members and one member nominated from the Anglo Indian community. The tenure of the house is five year unless it is dissolved.The state has 39 directly elected members in the Lok Sabha and 18 indirectly elected members in the Rajya Sabha in the Indian Parliament.

Regular elections are held for the state assembly and Lok Sabha seats. Apart from these, the state conducts elections for the local bodies including 10 urban municipal corporations, municipalities and town Panchayats.

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election Results:


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List of Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu

S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1J. Jayalalithaa May 23, 2016PresentAIADMK
2J. Jayalalithaa May 23, 2015May 22, 2015AIADMK
3O. Panneerselvam Sept 29, 2014May 22, 2015 AIADMK
4J. Jayalalithaa May 16, 2011September 27, 2014 AIADMK
5M. Karunanidhi May 13, 2006May 15, 2011DMK
6J. Jayalalithaa Mar 2, 2002May 12, 2006AIADMK
7O. PanneerselvamSep 21, 2001Mar 1, 2002AIADMK
8J. JayalalithaaMay 14, 2001Sep 21, 2001AIADMK
9M. Karunanidhi May 13, 1996May 13, 2001DMK
10J. JayalalithaaJun 24, 1991May 12, 1996AIADMK
11President's ruleJan 30, 1991Jun 24, 1991 
12M. Karunanidhi Jan 27, 1989Jan 30, 1991DMK
13President's ruleJan 30, 1988Jan 27, 1989 
14Janaki Ramachandran Jan 7, 1988Jan 30, 1988AIADMK
15V.R. Nedunchezhiyan(acting)Dec 24, 1987Jan 7, 1988AIADMK
16M.G. RamachandranFeb 10, 1985Dec 24, 1987AIADMK
17M.G. RamachandranJun 9, 1980Nov 15, 1984AIADMK
18President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 9, 1980 
19M.G. RamachandranJun 30, 1977Feb 17, 1980AIADMK
20President's ruleJan 31, 1976Jun 30, 1977 
21M. KarunanidhiMar 15, 1971Jan 31, 1976DMK
22M. KarunanidhiFeb 10, 1969Jan 4, 1971DMK
23V.R. Nedunchezhiyan (acting)Feb 3, 1969Feb 10, 1969DMK
24C. N. AnnaduraiJan 14, 1969Feb 3, 1969DMK
25C. N. AnnaduraiMar 6, 1967Jan 14, 1969DMK
26M. BakthavatsalamOct 2, 1963Mar 6, 1967INC
27K. KamarajMar 15, 1962Oct 2, 1963INC
28K. KamarajApr 13, 1957Mar 1, 1962INC
29K. KamarajApr 13, 1954Mar 31, 1957INC
30C. Rajagopalachari Apr 10, 1952Apr 13, 1954INC
31P. S. Kumaraswamy RajaJan 26, 1950Apr 9, 1952INC

List of Governors of Tamil Nadu

S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Konijeti RosaiahAug 31, 2011Present
2Sardar Surjit Singh BarnalaNov 3, 2004Aug 31, 2011
3P. S. Ramamohan RaoJan 18, 2002Nov 3, 2004
4Dr. C. Rangarajan (additional charge)Jul 3, 2001Jan 18, 2002
5Justice M. Fathima BeeviJan 25, 1997Jul 3, 2001
6Krishan Kant (additional charge)Dec 2, 1996Jan 25, 1997
7Marri Chenna ReddyMay 31, 1993Dec 2, 1996
8Bhishma Narain SinghFeb 15, 1991May 31, 1993
9Sardar Surjit Singh BarnalaMay 24, 1990Feb 15, 1991
10P. C. AlexanderFeb 17, 1988May 24, 1990
11Sundar Lal KhuranaSep 3, 1982Feb 17, 1988
12Sadiq AliNov 4, 1980Sep 3, 1982
13Justice M. M. Ismail (acting)Oct 27, 1980Nov 4, 1980
14Prabhudas B. PatwariApr 27, 1977Oct 27, 1980
15Justice P. Govindan Nair (acting)Apr 9, 1977Apr 27, 1977
16Mohan Lal SukhadiaJun 16, 1976Apr 8, 1977
17Kodardas Kalidas ShahMay 27, 1971Jun 16, 1976
18Sardar Ujjal SinghJan 14, 1969May 27, 1971
19Sardar Ujjal Singh (acting till 16 June 1967)Jun 28, 1966Jan 14, 1969
20Maharaja Sir Jayachamaraja Wodeyar BahadurDec 7, 1965Jun 28, 1966
21P. Chandra ReddyNov 24, 1964Dec 7, 1965
22Maharaja Sir Jayachamaraja Wodeyar BahadurMay 4, 1964Nov 24, 1964
23Bhishnuram MedhiJan 24, 1958May 4, 1964
24Pakala Venkata Rajamannar (acting)Oct 1, 1957Jan 24, 1958
25A. J. John, AnaparambilDec 10, 1956Sep 30, 1957
26Sri PrakasaMar 12, 1952Dec 10, 1956
27Maharaja Sir Krishna Kumarasinhji BhavsinhjiSep 7, 1948Mar 12, 1952
28Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Edward NyeMay 6, 1946Sep 7, 1948

Cabinet Ministers of Tamil Nadu

Name of MinisterMinistries
Selvi J JayalalithaaPublic, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home
Thiru O.PanneerselvamFinance , Planning ,Legislative Assembly ,Elections and Passports ,Public Works , Irrigation including Minor Irrigation and Programme Works
Thiru P.ThangamaniElectricity,Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses.
Thiru Udumalai RadhakrishnanHousing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Cooperatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Cess, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development.
Thiru Edappadi K. PalaniswamiPublic Works, Irrigation including Minor Irrigation, Programme Works, Highways and Minor Ports
Thiru K.T.Rajenthra BhalajiRural Industries including cottage Industries and Small Industries, Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment.
Dr. V. SarojaSocial Welfare including Women's and Children's Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently abled, Social Reforms and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
Thiru K.P. AnbazhaganHigher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology.
Thiru Sellur K. RajuCo-operation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Thiru R.KamarajFood, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control
Thiru M.C. SampathIndustries, Steel Control, Mines and Minerals and Special Initiatives
Thiru S.P. Shunmuganathan Milk and Dairy Development.
Thiru K.C. VeeramaniCommercial Taxes, Registration and Stamp Act
Thiru S.P. VelumaniMunicipal Administration, Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness, Urban and Rural Water Supply, Implementation of Special Programme
Thiru P. Balakrishna ReddyAnimal Husbandry
Thiru O.S.ManianHandlooms and Textiles
Thiru P.BenjaminSchool Education, Archaeology, Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department
Thiru.Vellamandi N.NatarajanTourism, Tourism Development Corporation
Tmt.V.M.RajalakshmiAdi Dravidar Welfare,  Hill Tribes and  Bonded Labour.
Thiru D. JayakumarFisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation
Dr M.ManikandanInformation Technology
Thiru R.B. Udhayakumar Revenue, District Revenue Establishment,. Deputy Collectors, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including Legislation on Money lending, Chits, Registration of Companies.
Thiru Kadambur RajuInformation and Publicity, Flim Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press
Thiru P.BenjaminSchool Education, Archaeology, Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department
Thiru Dindigul C.Srinivasan Forests
Thiru.K.C.KaruppannanEnvironment and Pollution Control
Thiru G. Baskaran Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoodhan and Gramadhan.
Tmt S.ValarmathiBackward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees and Evacuees and Minorities Welfare. 
Dr.C.Vijaya BaskarHealth, Medical Education and Family Welfare
Source: tn.gov.in

Rajya Sabha Members from Tamil Nadu

NamePartyTermsNamePartyTerms
A. NavaneethakrishnanAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
June 26, 2014 - June 29, 2016P. H. Paul Manoj PandianAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
June 30, 2010 - June 29, 2016
A. William Rabi BernardAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
July 15, 2011 - June 29, 2016S. MuthukaruppanAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020
D. RajaCommunist Party of India (CPI) July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019S. ThangaveluDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) June 30, 2010 - June 29, 2016
Dr. R. LakshmananAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019Sasikala PushpaAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020
E. M. Sudarsana NatchiappanIndian National Congress (INC)June 30, 2010 - June 29, 2016T. K. RangarajanCommunist Party of India (Marxist)April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020
K. P. RamalingamDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)June 30, 2010 - June 29, 2016T. RathinavelAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019
K. R. ArjunanAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019Tiruchi SivaDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020
K. SelvarajAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020V. MaitreyanAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019
KanimozhiDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) July 25, 2013 - July 24, 2019Vijila SathyananthAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam (AIADMK)
April 2, 2014 - April 1, 2020

Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) mark another victorious win in the state by winning 37 seats out of 39 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. One of the largest state in India, Tamil Nadu is a political hub for many political parties in the country. Besides the major political parties like Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the state is majorly run by many regional parties like All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Desia Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Presently, the state is governed by the AIADMK and headed by the Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha. The 2009 Lok Sabha was won by DMK with an alliance with INC. Tamil Nadu has 39 parliamentary constituencies, out of which seven are reserved for the Scheduled Castes. Elections for the 39 constituencies in 2014 were held on a single day. All the major political parties were hitting at Tamil Nadu as an important state, as the 39 seats could have changed the political scene in the state. The predictions in the exit and the opinion polls by various sources stated that AIADMK would grab maximum number of seats followed by DMK and Congress.

Tamil Nadu in south India is one of the larger states of the country. The state is the seventh most populous, though it is the eleventh in size. The state was known as Madras at Independence. Elections have been held in the state since the constitution of its first legislative assembly with 206 members in 1952.

Last Updated on June 06, 2016


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