P Dhanapal Designated as Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly Again (Download PDF)


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Ruling AIADMK P Dhanapal was universally elected as Speaker of the 15th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly again and he becomes first speaker to be elected for a successively second term in the state’s legislative history.

  • Previously AIADMK’s Pollachi V Jayaraman was re-elected as the Deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly.
  • His names for Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively were proposed by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam had upheld the proposal when the Assembly met, they both had served as Speaker and Deputy Speaker during the 2011 - 16 AIADMK regime.
  • From Avinashi (Reserved) constituency for sixth term, Mr. Dhanapal was re-elected to the Assembly and Mr. Jayaraman was re-elected from Pollachi seat for fourth term.
  • In 2002 Mr. Dhanapal was elected as Speaker for the first time and then AIADMK regime.
  • After 1955 he was the first Dalit to become Speaker previously between 146 and 1955 J Sivashanmugam Pillai was the first Dalit Speaker of the then Madras Legislative Assembly.

About All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK):

  • AIADMK is a state political party in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, India.
  • Presently it is in power in Tamil Nadu and the third largest party in the Lok Sabha.
  • It is a Dravidian party.
  • M. G. Ramachandran has established it on 17 October 1972 as a breakaway faction of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
  • Since 1989, J. Jayalalithaa (CM of Tamil Nadu) is leading AIADMK.
  • The party has won the elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly seven times and becomes most successful political outfit in the state’s history.
  • At Royapettah in Chennai the headquarters of the party is located and was given to the party in 1986 by Janaki Ramachandran, MGR’s wife.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 6, 2016

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