Who is who: Complete list of TN Cabinet

Who is who: Complete list of TN Cabinet

Who is who: Complete list of TN Cabinet

Chennaivision.com presents you the full list of the new set of ministers in Tamil Nadu cabinet and ther portfolios.

Who is who: Complete list of TN Cabinet

J Jayalalithaa – Chief Minister, Minister in charge for Public, IAS, IPS, IFS, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home

O Panneerselvam – Minister for Finance and

Personal and Administrative Reforms

Dindigul C Srinivasan – Minister for Forests
Edappadi K Palaniswami – Minister for PWD, Highways and Minor Ports
Sellur K Raju – MInister for Cooperation and Labour
P Thangamni – Minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise
S P Velumani – Minister for Municpal Administration, Rural

Development and Implementation of Special Programme

D Jayakumar – Minister for Fisheries
C Ve Shanmugham – Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons
K P Anbazhagan – Minister for Higher Education
Dr V Saroja – Minister for Social Welfare
K C Karuppannan – Minister for Environment
M C Sampath – Minister for Industries
R Kamaraj – Minister for Food, Civil supplies and HR and CE
O S Manian – Minister for Handlooms and Textiles
Udumalai Radhakrishnan – Minister for Housing and Urban Development
Dr C Vijayabhaskar – Minister for Health and Family Welfare
S P Shanmuganathan – Minister for Milk and Dairy Development
R Duraikannu – Minister for Agricutlure and Animal Husbandry
Kadambar Raju – Minister for Information and Publicity
R B Udhayakumar – Minister for Revenue
K T Rajenthra Balaji – Minister for Rural Industries
K C Veeramani – Minister for Commercial Taxes
P Benjamin – Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare
Vellamandi N Natarajan – Minister for Tourism
S Valarmathi – Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare
V M Rajalakshmi – Minister for Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare
Dr M Manikandan – Minister for Information Technology
M R Vijayabaskar – Minister for Transport.

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For the sixth time, Jaya to become CM of TN

For the sixth time, Jaya to become CM of TN

For the sixth time, Jaya to become CM of TN

AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her 28 Cabinet colleagues will be sworn in by Governor K. Rosaiah today at the Madras University’s Centenary Hall.

For the sixth time, Jaya to become CM of TN

She will be sworn in Chief Minister along with 28 others, including her trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister in the outgoing Cabinet O Panneerselvam.

“The governor appointed her as CM of Tamil Nadu and invited her to form the ministry,” said a statement from Raj Bhavan on Saturday evening. Subsequently, the CM-designate handed over a letter containing the names of MLAs to be inducted into her cabinet.

The list of Ministers has 13 new faces and four women including Ms. Jayalalithaa, who will hold the portfolios of Public, Police, General Administration and Home. While Panneerselvam will be the Finance Minister, Edappadi K. Palanisamy will handle PWD.

Several of the sitting Ministers have been named to hold offices again including P Thangamani (Electricity), S P Velumani (Municipal Administration and Rural Development), Edappadi K Palaniswami (Public Works), K T Rajenthra Bhalaji (Rural Industries), R B Udhayakumar (Revenue), S P Shanmuganathan (Milk and Dairy Development), and K C Veeramani (Commercial Taxes).

The cabinet includes two young faces, V M Rajalakshmi, 30, (Adi Dravidar and tribal welfare) and M Manikandan, 39, (information technology). Three women, besides Jayalalithaa, find place in the new cabinet.

Deputy Mayor of Chennai Corporation P Benjamin, who won from Maduravoyal here amid tough competition from DMK, has been named Minister for School Education and Sports and Youth Welfare. M R Vijayabaskar will be Transport Minister.

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After poll defeat, Vijayakanth to listen to his partymen

After poll defeat, Vijayakanth to listen to his partymen

After poll defeat, Vijayakanth to listen to his partymen

After losing all the seats in the just concluded state Assembly polls, DMDK chief Vijayakanth is all set to hear the views of his party office bearers beginning Monday to find reason for his party’s worst ever performance in the state polls that led to his defeat and a steep fall in the party’s voter share.

After poll defeat, Vijayakanth to listen to his partymen

Even as the morale of the cadre has hit a new low with one of them even committing suicide, the actor-turned-politician, hailed as Captain by his supporters, has chalked out strategies to revive the party and rejuvenate the spirit of his supporters.

DMDK, which had polled highest of 10.08 per cent in 2009 Lok Sabha polls and lowest of 5.19 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, got a mere 2.4 per cent of voter share after contesting in 104 seats.

“Soon, Vijayakanth will undertake a tour of the state and meet DMDK members. Also, he will reshuffle office-bearers and will give opportunity to those who worked hard for the party in the Assembly elections,” sources said.

Meanwhile, Vijayakanth’s DMDK is now in danger of losing state party status, thanks to its dismal performance in the just concluded polls.

DMDK’s rout in the May 2016 election has resulted in it failing to meet all Election Commission guidelines on State Party status regarding vote share and number of seats.

Though the DMDK led alliance failed to win a single seat, it had played the role of spoiler in 88 constituencies including 58 seats won by AIADMK across the state where the votes polled by the alliance candidates was higher than the victory margin.

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Karunanidhi greets Mamata, Vijayan, Sonowal, but not Jaya

Karunanidhi greets Mamata, Vijayan, Sonowal, but not Jaya

Karunanidhi greets Mamata, Vijayan, Sonowal, but not Jaya

DMK president Karunanidhi on Sunday greeted Pinarayi Vijayan, Mamata Banerjee and Sarbananda Sonowal, who are set to take over the reins of new governments in Kerala, West Bengal and Assam respectively.

Karunanidhi greets Mamata, Vijayan, Sonowal, but not Jaya

In his letter to Mamata, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu said, “Please accept my hearty congratulations to you on your massive victory in the recently-held West Bengal Legislative Assembly Elections.”

“The tremendous faith and confidence that the great people of West Bengal have reposed in you have paved the smooth way for you to return to the Office of the Chief Minister. I am sure that you will continue the good work with all enthusiasm and speed for the growth of the State,” he said.

Greeting Sonowal, he said, “I am quite sure that you will work for the protection of the people of Assam, irrespective of their religion, as you have publicly promised to the people.”

Meanwhile in a statement, he said AIADMK has retained power in Tamil Nadu by a margin of just 1.1 vote percentage and his party missed a clear victory by a narrow gap. He said his party would function as a constructive Opposition.

Referring to total votes polled for AIADMK and DMK and respective allies, he said the ruling party had got only 4,41,646 votes more than his party and said the opportunity to govern was missed narrowly.

“While AIADMK and allies polled 1,76,17,060 votes, DMK and its allies got 1,71,75,374. That is, AIADMK has got the opportunity to form government by a margin of 1.1 per cent and it is the truth,” he said.

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G K Vasan reveals why were they defeated

G K Vasan reveals why were they defeated

G K Vasan reveals why were they defeated

Tamil Maanila Congress president G.K. Vasan, whose party was defeated in the Assembly elections, has said people of Tamil Nadu have not made up their mind to accept an alternative to the Dravidian majors— AIADMK and DMK.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, he said that the party respected the people’s mandate. “We had forged an alliance with the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) so as to offer the people of Tamil Nadu, a corruption-free, honest and alcohol-free governance.”

The former Union shipping minister, who floated the TMC after quitting the Congress in late 2014, alleged that the Election Commission turned a blind eye to distribution of money for vote.

“We however, had little time at our disposal to popularise the DMDK-PWF-TMC combine and reach out to people with our party symbols and policies. This was one of the reasons that worked against our favour,” he said.

“People of Tamil Nadu have not yet made up their mind to accept an alternative. We hope that the people would change their mindset keeping in mind the prevailing situation,” Vasans aid.

“Money power was in full display in this elections, and it is unfortunate that the EC failed to control it,” he added.

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AIADMK man offers prayer for party’s victory

AIADMK man offers prayer for party’s victory

AIADMK man offers prayer for party's victory

An All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary on Friday cut one of his fingers as ‘offering’ to the God as the Jayalalithaa-led party emerged victorious in the Assembly elections, results of which were declared on Thursday.

Thangaraj (50) of Andagalur Gate in Rasipuram Taluk, who sells cots, was upset before the elections as some opinion polls had predicted a defeat for the AIADMK. He had prayed to God for the party’s victory and offered to chop his little finger if his wish was fulfilled.

As the party scripted a record history in the polls by winning for second consecutive team, Thangaraj went to the temple on Friday, took a knife and cut the little finger of his left hand.

Locals rushed him to the Government Hospital in Rasipuram where he was given first aid. He was later admitted to the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital in Salem.

On Friday evening, Jayalalithaa was elected by the party’s elected members to the Legislative Assembly as their legislature party leader.

The newly-elected 132 MLAs of the party met at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai and elected Jayalalithaa as their legislature party leader.

Thiruparankundram MLA S M Seenivel, who was indisposed, could not attend the meeting which was held under the leadership of party’s Presidium Chairman, E Madhusudhanan.

In a meeting of the newly elected members held by the party on Friday, the members unanimously elected Jayalalithaa as their leader in the Assembly.

Under her leadership, on Thursday, the party was re-elected to run the government for a tenure of next five years.

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Anbumani finds reasons for his defeat

Anbumani finds reasons for his defeat

Anbumani finds reasons for his defeat

Pattali Makkal Katchi chief ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss has alleged that the two Dravidian majors- the AIADMK and the DMK- forged a ‘partnership’ to defeat him in the Pennagaram Assembly constituency.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Dr. Anbumani, who led his party’s election campaign and failed to win a seat, claimed that both the DMK and the AIADMK “drowned” the State with money and had bribed voters in every constituency.

“However, 23 lakh people have voted for us despite all the tricks by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. These voters have said a big no to bribery during polls. My sincere thanks to them,” he said.

“The laws should be amended in such a way that if a party is found to have distributed cash across constituencies, all its candidates should be disqualified. Unless this happens, the menace of cash in elections would remain,” he added.

Anbumani said his party’s work for the welfare of people would continue and expressed hope that they would offer their support to the PMK in a big way soon.

“The voters have made us the third largest party despite the vicious campaign that we are a party of a (Vanniyar) community,” he added.

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Polls in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi postponed to June, Karunanidhi threatens protest

Polls in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi postponed to June

Polls in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi postponed to June

Polls in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi postponed to June, Karunanidhi threatens protest

The Election Commission on Friday decided to postpone polling in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly constituencies to June 13 instead of holding it on May 23 as scheduled earlier.

The EC notification came a few hours after its counsel agreed in the Madras high court to postpone the already deferred election by three more weeks.

The notification said the probe teams inspecting two constituencies had submitted their reports and that more time was required to study the situation.

The move immediately came under fire from DMK president M. Karunanidhi who has threatened to launch a “direct” but “peaceful” agitation.

“This is a deliberate conspiracy being hatched against DMK. How many seats have BJP and PMK won? Should not the opinion of DMK, which is contesting there, be sought,” he told reporters here. He alleged that the EC’s decision to further defer the polls on the pleas of BJP and PMK “is a planned conspiracy.”

“If elections are not held as per schedule (on May 23), I myself will launch an agitation saying that this was a deliberate move,” he said.

On Friday, during the hearing of a plea to postpone the polling further to ensure fair play, the EC informed the Madras High Court that it would put off the polling by three weeks and announce the new date in consultation with the other candidates.

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Karunanidhi thanks voters, says maring between DMK-AIADMK less

Karunanidhi thanks voters, says maring between DMK-AIADMK less

Karunanidhi thanks voters, says maring between DMK-AIADMK less

DMK president and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi today thanked people who voted for his party in the just concluded Assembly elections.

In a statement, he said, “in the 232 constituencies, candidates of the DMK alliance have scored 39.7 per votes, while the AIADMK has got 40.8 per cent votes. The difference between the votes bagged by the two parties is just 4,41,686.”

Karunanidhi, whose electoral journey began in Kulithalai in 1957, has won all the 13 elections he has contested.

Only in 1984 did he stay away from the Assembly elections and subsequently went to the Legislative Council.

He polled 1,21,473 votes in his home town Tiruvarur this time, at the age of 93, and defeated his rival with a whopping victory margin of 68,366 votes, the highest in this election. The constituencies he won from over the years are 1957—Kulithalai, 1962 —Thanjavur, 1967 —Saidapet, 1971 —Saidapet, 1977 —Anna Nagar, 1980 —Anna Nagar, 1989 —Harbour, 1991 —Harbour, 1996 —Chepauk, 2001 —Chepauk, 2006 —Chepauk, 2011 —Tiruvarur and 2016 —Tiruvarur.

This time, a total of 13 candidates of AIADMK and DMK won by slender three digit margins varying from 304 votes to 982. Karunanidhi, who contested for the fourth time from his native Tiruvarur, defeated AIADMK candidate R Pannerselvam by a margin of 68,366 votes. He polled a whopping 1,21,473 votes while Pannerselvam secured just 53,107 votes.

The DMK also walked away with the second highest victory margin with its nominee Sakkarapani defeating Kittusamy K (AIADMK) by 65,727 votes in Oddanchatram. Sakkarapani bagged 1,21,715 votes while Kittusamy secured 55,988 votes.

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Jayalalithaa thanks Amit Shah, Advani for wishes

Jayalalithaa thanks Amit Shah, Advani for wishes

Jayalalithaa thanks Amit Shah, Advani for wishes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa today thanked BJP national president Amit Shah for congratulating her on the “resounding victory” in the May 16 Assembly polls, stating she valued his good wishes.

“I thank you for congratulating me on the resounding victory in the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly Election, 2016. I value your good wishes and greetings,” she said in a letter to Shah, a copy of which was released to the media.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani also greeted Jayalalithaa. Advani congratulated her over phone and the Chief Minister thanked the veteran leader, a release said.

In her letter to Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah, she said, “Thank you very much for your letter congratulating me on the historic victory of my party in the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly General Election, 2016.:

“I value your good wishes and greetings which will further enthuse me in my mission to make Tamilnadu the Numero Uno State in the country in all spheres of development and to strive unceasingly for the welfare of my people,” she added.

Earlier, Rosaiah spoke to Jayalalithaa over phone and sent her a bouquet. He congratulated her on the “historic” victory achieved by her party, said the release.

“…. under your dynamic leadership and determination to serve the people above self, Tamil Nadu is set to lead the nation in all spheres once again,” Rosaiah said.

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