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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 MinisterEdappadi K Palaniswami
GovernorKonijeti Rosaiah
Chief Electoral OfficerRajesh Lakhoni, I.A.S.
CEO AddressTamil Nadu Secretariat, St. George Fort, Chennai- 600009


General Elections/By-Elections 2016 Results

AC NameWunnerPartyRunner-upPartyVotes Margin
AravakurichiSenthilbalaji. VAIADMKPallani Shamy. K.CDMK23661
ThanjavurRengasamy.MAIADMKAnjugam BoopathyDMK26874
ThiruparankundramBose.A.KAIADMKSaravanan.PDMK42670
*Result Declared

Tamil Nadu Assembly General Elections/Byelections 2016

Elections to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly's Thanjavur and Aravakurichi seats took place on 19 November, 2016 amid tight security. Polling in these two seats had been rescinded by the Election Commission of India earlier this year in the 16 May assembly elections following reports of large scale money laundering by candidates and political parties. A byelection was also held in Thiruparankundram assembly seat on 19 November, 2016. The seat had fallen vacant following the demise of sitting MLA and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) member SM Seenivel. Seenivel had won from Tiruparankundram assembly constituency. He passed away even before taking his oath as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA). The voter turnout was 82.13% in Aravakurichi, 69.07% in Thanjavur and 70.40% in Thiruparankundram. As many as 81 candidates contested from the three assembly constituencies. Although several political parties were in the fray, the contest is chiefly between the AIADMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu.

The election results will be declared on 22 November, 2016.

General / Bye Election 2016 - Polling Percentage

Assembly ConstituencyPolling %
Aravakurichi82.13%
Thanjavur69.07%
Thiruparankundram70.40%

Tamil Nadu Assembly General Elections/Byelections 2016 Schedule

Poll EventsDates
Date of Notification Oct 26, 2016
Last Date of Making NominationNov 2, 2016
Date of ScrutinyNov 3, 2016
Last Date of WithdrawalNov 5, 2016
Date of PollNov 19, 2016
Date of CountingNov 22, 2016
Date before which Election shall be completedNov 24, 2016

Tamil Nadu Local Body Election 2016

Elections to the local bodies in Tamil Nadu are conducted by the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission every five years to elect representatives to its Rural and Urban local bodies. The state election commission had announced that the 2016 local body elections would be conducted in two phases on 17 and 19 October. The nominations for the Tamil Nadu civic body elections were to be collected from September 26, the last day to submit the documents was October 3 and the last date to withdraw nominations was October 6. However, a single-judge bench of the Madras High Court had declared the notification for elections null and void on grounds of violation of Tamil Nadu Panchayat Election Rules. It also directed election authorities to issue a fresh notification for the same and complete the process by December 31. The state election commission has filed an appeal against the verdict and the same has been admitted by the High Court. The election body has argued that the verdict has caused a grave miscarriage of justice and that it is not desirable to delay the elections.

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
1Edappadi K. PalanisamyFeb 16, 2017PresentAIADMK
2O. PanneerselvamDec 06, 2016Feb 15, 2017AIADMK
3J. Jayalalithaa May 23, 2016Dec 05, 2016AIADMK
4J. Jayalalithaa May 23, 2015May 22, 2016AIADMK
5O. Panneerselvam Sept 29, 2014May 22, 2015 AIADMK
6J. Jayalalithaa May 16, 2011September 27, 2014 AIADMK
7M. Karunanidhi May 13, 2006May 15, 2011DMK
8J. Jayalalithaa Mar 2, 2002May 12, 2006AIADMK
9O. PanneerselvamSep 21, 2001Mar 1, 2002AIADMK
10J. JayalalithaaMay 14, 2001Sep 21, 2001AIADMK
11M. Karunanidhi May 13, 1996May 13, 2001DMK
12J. JayalalithaaJun 24, 1991May 12, 1996AIADMK
13President's ruleJan 30, 1991Jun 24, 1991 
14M. Karunanidhi Jan 27, 1989Jan 30, 1991DMK
15President's ruleJan 30, 1988Jan 27, 1989 
16Janaki Ramachandran Jan 7, 1988Jan 30, 1988AIADMK
17V.R. Nedunchezhiyan(acting)Dec 24, 1987Jan 7, 1988AIADMK
18M.G. RamachandranFeb 10, 1985Dec 24, 1987AIADMK
19M.G. RamachandranJun 9, 1980Nov 15, 1984AIADMK
20President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 9, 1980 
21M.G. RamachandranJun 30, 1977Feb 17, 1980AIADMK
22President's ruleJan 31, 1976Jun 30, 1977 
23M. KarunanidhiMar 15, 1971Jan 31, 1976DMK
24M. KarunanidhiFeb 10, 1969Jan 4, 1971DMK
25V.R. Nedunchezhiyan (acting)Feb 3, 1969Feb 10, 1969DMK
26C. N. AnnaduraiJan 14, 1969Feb 3, 1969DMK
27C. N. AnnaduraiMar 6, 1967Jan 14, 1969DMK
28M. BakthavatsalamOct 2, 1963Mar 6, 1967INC
29K. KamarajMar 15, 1962Oct 2, 1963INC
30K. KamarajApr 13, 1957Mar 1, 1962INC
31K. KamarajApr 13, 1954Mar 31, 1957INC
32C. Rajagopalachari Apr 10, 1952Apr 13, 1954INC
33P. 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
Thiru O.PanneerselvamPublic, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home,Finance Planning, Legislative Assembly Elections and Passports , Personnel and Administrative Reforms Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Training)
Thiru Dindigul C.SrinivasanForests
Thiru Edappadi K. PalaniswamiPublic Works, Irrigation including Minor Irrigation, Programme Works, Highways and Minor Ports
Thiru Sellur K. RajuCo-operation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Thiru P.ThangamaniElectricity,Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses and Prevention of Corruption 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 D. JayakumarFisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation
Thiru C.Ve. ShanmugamLaw, Courts and Prisons
Thiru K.P. AnbalaganHigher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology.
Dr. V. Saroja Social Welfare including Womens and Childrens Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently Abled and Social Reforms and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
Thiru M.C. SampathIndustries, Steel Control, Mines and Minerals and Special Initiatives
Thiru.K.C.KaruppannanEnvironment and Pollution Control
Thiru R.KamarajFood, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control
Thiru O.S.ManianHandlooms and Textiles
Thiru Udumalai K RadhakrishnanHousing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority
Dr.C.Vijaya BaskarHealth, Medical Education and Family Welfare
Thiru R. DoraikkannuAgriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Cooperatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Cess, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development
Thiru Kadambur RajuInformation and Publicity, Flim Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press
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.Vellamandi N.NatarajanTourism, Tourism Development Corporation
Thiru K.C. VeeramaniCommercial Taxes, Registration and Stamp Act
Thiru K. PandiarajanSchool Education, Archaeology, Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department
Thiru K.T.Rajenthra BhalajiMilk and Dairy Development
Thiru P.BenjaminRural Industries including Cottage Industries, Small Industries
Dr Nilofer kafeelLabour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment and Wakf Board
Thiru M.R.VijayabhaskarTransport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act
Dr. M.ManikandanInformation Technology
Tmt.V.M.RajalakshmiAdi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour.
Thiru G. Baskaran Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoodhan and Gramadhan.
Thiru Sevvoor S.RamachandranHindu Religious and Charitable Endowments and Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture
Tmt S.ValarmathiBackward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees and Evacuees and Minorities Welfare
Thiru P. Balakrishna ReddyMinister for Animal Husbandry
Source: www.tn.gov.in/ministerslist

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 Feb 16, 2017


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