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Tamil Nadu Elections 2016 - Updates and Results

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April 29, 2016 11:44 AM
The People’s Welfare Front (PWF) has released its manifesto. Noticeably, the manifesto has skipped the issue of ‘Tamil Eelam’, des..... Read More
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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 (Additional Charge of Karnataka)
Chief Electoral OfficerRajesh Lakhoni, I.A.S.
CEO AddressTamil Nadu Secretariat, St. George Fort, Chennai- 600009

Tamil Nadu Election 2016 Date

The 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will go to polls on 16 May. On 4 March, the Election Commission announced that the elections to the state will take place in one phase. The votes will be counted on 19 May.

Poll EventDates (All 234 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 234 ACs will go to poll on a single day.

Tamil Nadu (TN) Election 2016

The 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will go to polls in 2016 as the tenure of the current government ends on 22 May. The DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) – the current ruling party in the state – are old rivals who have monopolised the contest for gaining majority in the assembly after every five years.

BJP, despite its drubbing in Bihar elections, is throwing all its weight to make a breakthrough in this southern state. The party has been vocal about its plan of creating a 'social creation' and a 'binding force' by bringing together diverse caste groups whose demands have not been met by the DMK and AIADMK governments.

During the last assembly elections in 2011, the state had witnessed 78 % voting. While the AIADMK won 150 seats, its rival, DMK was reduced to a non-issue with just 23 seats. The CPI and INC won 10 and five seats respectively. According to political experts, Jayalalitha might find herself on back foot following the complete failure of the state machinery to tackle the crisis that emerged because of Chennai floods. The chief minister's brand image, as media suggest, could “take a severe beating”.

Some optimism has been displayed by the members of PMK (Pattali Makkal Katchi) who expect the party to throw surprise as a third alternative for the people of Tamil Nadu who don't want to align either with the DMK or the AIADMK.

What Do the Opinion Polls Say?

Elections to the 234 constituencies of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly will be conducted in May, 2016. If history is anything to go by, the assembly elections will be a battle between the two local heavyweights, AIADMK and DMK. Other smaller parties like DMDK and PMK may grow in importance in the final stages of the elections as both the DMK and AIADMK fight it out to cross the majority mark. However, much seems to depend on the undecided voter this time. It is this two or three per cent of votes that will be key to the final outcome of the 2016 assembly elections.

The AIADMK had an unarguable upper hand until November and December 2015 when the heavy rains and floods exposed its government's inefficiency. But the opposition DMK, which was busy resolving conflict within its own party, could hardly benefit from this situation. According to few opinion polls, the AIADMK has still got a slight edge over the DMK with BJP emerging as a strong third contender.

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:

List of Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu

S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1J. Jayalalithaa May 23, 2015PresentAIADMK
2O. Panneerselvam Sept 29, 2014May 22, 2015 AIADMK
3J. Jayalalithaa May 16, 2011September 27, 2014 AIADMK
4M. Karunanidhi May 13, 2006May 15, 2011DMK
4J. Jayalalithaa Mar 2, 2002May 12, 2006AIADMK
5O. PanneerselvamSep 21, 2001Mar 1, 2002AIADMK
7J. JayalalithaaMay 14, 2001Sep 21, 2001AIADMK
8M. Karunanidhi May 13, 1996May 13, 2001DMK
9J. JayalalithaaJun 24, 1991May 12, 1996AIADMK
10President's ruleJan 30, 1991Jun 24, 1991 
11M. Karunanidhi Jan 27, 1989Jan 30, 1991DMK
12President's ruleJan 30, 1988Jan 27, 1989 
13Janaki Ramachandran Jan 7, 1988Jan 30, 1988AIADMK
14V.R. Nedunchezhiyan (acting)Dec 24, 1987Jan 7, 1988AIADMK
15M. G. RamachandranFeb 10, 1985Dec 24, 1987AIADMK
16M. G. RamachandranJun 9, 1980Nov 15, 1984AIADMK
17President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 9, 1980 
18M. G. RamachandranJun 30, 1977Feb 17, 1980AIADMK
19President's ruleJan 31, 1976Jun 30, 1977 
20M. KarunanidhiMar 15, 1971Jan 31, 1976DMK
21M. KarunanidhiFeb 10, 1969Jan 4, 1971DMK
22V.R. Nedunchezhiyan (acting)Feb 3, 1969Feb 10, 1969DMK
23C. N. AnnaduraiJan 14, 1969Feb 3, 1969DMK
24C. N. AnnaduraiMar 6, 1967Jan 14, 1969DMK
25M. BakthavatsalamOct 2, 1963Mar 6, 1967INC
26K. KamarajMar 15, 1962Oct 2, 1963INC
27K. KamarajApr 13, 1957Mar 1, 1962INC
28K. KamarajApr 13, 1954Mar 31, 1957INC
29C. Rajagopalachari Apr 10, 1952Apr 13, 1954INC
30P. 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
J. JayalalithaaPublic, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home
O.PanneerselvamFinance , Planning ,Legislative Assembly ,Elections and Passports ,Public Works , Irrigation including Minor Irrigation and Programme Works
Natham R.ViswanathanElectricity,Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses.
R.VaithilingamHousing, 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.
Edappadi K. PalaniswamiHighways and Minor Ports
P.MohanRural Industries including cottage Industries and Small Industries, Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment.
B. ValarmathiSocial 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
P.PalaniappanHigher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology.
Sellur K. RajuCo-operation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare
R. KamarajFood, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE)
P.ThangamaniIndustries, Steel Control, Mines and Minerals, and Special Initiatives, Transport, Nationalised Transport , Motor Vechicles Act
Thiru B.V. Ramanaa Milk and Dairy Development.
M.C. SampathCommercial Taxes and Registration and Stamp Act
S.P. VelumaniMunicipal Administration, Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness, Urban and Rural Water Supply. Law, Courts and Prisons, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Prevention of Corruption
T.K.M. ChinnayyaAnimal Husbandry
S.Gokula IndiraHandlooms and Textiles
S. SundararajYouth Welfare and Sports Development Department
S.P. Shunmuganathan Tourism, Tourism Development Corporation
N.SubramanianAdi Dravidar Welfare and Welfare of Hill Tribes and  Bonded Labour.
K.A. JayapalFisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation
Mukkur N.SubramanianInformation Technology
R.B. Udhaya KumarRevenue, District Revenue Establishment,. Deputy Collectors, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including Legislation on Money lending, Chits, Registration of Companies.
K. T. Rajenthra BhalajiInformation and Publicity, Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press, Implementation of Special Programme including Implemenation of the Election Manifesto.
K.C.VeeramaniSchool Education and Archaeology, Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture
M.S.M. AnandanForests
N. D. VenkatachalamEnvironment and Pollution Control
T.P PoonachiKhadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoodhan and Gramadhan.
S.Abdul RahimBackward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees & Evacuees and Minorities Welfare including Wakf.
Dr.C.Vijaya BaskarHealth, Medical Education and Family Welfare
* Source: Taml Nadu Government

Rajya Sabha Members from Tamil Nadu

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.

Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise

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

Tamil nadu 2014 Party Wise Results
Last Updated on April 26, 2016

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