Chennai North: Doctor, farmer, retired IPS officer, fisherwoman among 23 candidates

LOK SABHA ELECTIONS: CHENNAI NORTH CONSTITUENCY ROUND-UP

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Fire erupts at least twice in a year inside the Kodungaiyur dump yard. (file photo) Pic: Ganesan Perumal

Chennai North Parliamentary constituency comprises six assembly constituencies:  Royapuram, Kolathur, Thiruvottiyur, Perambur, Thiru. Vi. Ka. Nagar, Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar.  North Chennai has long faced neglect from the political establishment in the state as well as the centre, with development in terms of infrastructure and basic amenities found wanting in the predominantly working class areas that comprise the constituency.

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A total of 23 candidates are contesting from various political parties and as independents from Chennai North. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has rejected 32 applications for the constituency for various reasons.

According to the ECI website, the constituency has a total of 1487461 voters: 728679 male,758326 female and 456 third gender.

Note – Map for representation purpose | Source – http://datameet.org

2014 Lok Sabha Elections

Incumbent MP: T G Venkatesh Babu

Name of candidate Party Votes secured Vote share (over total votes polled)
T G Venkatesh Babu ADMK 4,06,704 44.67
R Girirajan DMK 3,07,000 33.72
M. Soundarapandian DMDK 86,989 9.55
NOTA 17,472 1.92

Source: ECI

Know your candidates

Dr Kalandhi Veerasamy (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)

Pic: Facebook.

Dr Kalanidhi Veerasamy of the DMK is the candidate put up by the United Secular Progressive Alliance. He is the son of veteran DMK leader and former state minister Arcot Veerasamy. He graduated from Stanley Medical College. A doctor by profession, this will be Kalanidhi’s political debut.

More details can be found here in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission.

Phone: 9884259482

E-mail: kalanidhiv@yahoo.co.in

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrKalanidhiV/

Financial details of candidate:

Movable Rs 13,90,26,859(self)+Rs 11,54,29,830 (spouse) + Rs 13,32,657 (daughter), 8,39,603 (son)
Immovable Rs 12,89,65,765 (Self) + Rs 1,97,00,000 (spouse)
Liabilities Rs 20,95,01,725 (Self) + Rs 4,88,84,825 (spouse)

Alagaapuram R Mohanraj (Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam)

Pic: Facebook

R Mohanraj, the candidate fielded by the ADMK-led alliance, has served as the MLA from Salem North Constituency in 2011. The 62 year old is a farmer and also engaged in the real estate business.

More details can be found here in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission

Phone: 9994101000

E-mail: mla.mohanraj@dmdkparty.com

Financial details of candidate:

Movable Rs 1,40,35,171(self)+Rs 35,21,667 (spouse) + Rs 37,75,800 (extended family)
Immovable Rs 16,92,000 (Self) + Rs 1,77,42,000(spouse)
Liabilities Rs 28,31,960 (Self)

A G Mourya ( Makkal Needhi Maiam)

Pic: Facebook

Retired IPS official A G Mourya makes his entry into electoral politics as the candidate from Makkal Needhi Maiam. He has served as the Deputy Inspector General of Prisons during his tenure among other roles. He holds a Masters Degree in Zoology from Madras Christian College.  

Phone: 9498119498

E-mail: mnmagmourya@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A-G-Mourya

More details can be found here in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission.

Financial details of candidate:

Movable Rs 8,30,000(self)+ Rs 13,75,000 (spouse) + Rs 13,05,00 (dependent) + Rs 80,000 (dependent)
Immovable Rs 2,80,00,000 (Self) + Rs 1,00,00,000(spouse)
Liabilities Rs 65,00,000(Self) + Rs 16,97,000 (spouse) + Rs 43,00,000 (dependent)

P Kaliammal ( Naam Tamilar Katchi)

Pic: Nakheeran

P Kaliammal of Naam Tamilar Katchi makes her debut with the ticket in the Chennai North constituency. Naam Tamilar Katchi is the only party to field 50% women candidates in the upcoming elections. She is a fisherwoman by profession.

Phone: 9585823112

E-mail: sridevirethinavel@yahoo.com

More details can be found here in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission.

Financial details of candidate:

Movable Rs 7,15, 000 (self)+ Rs 2,02,000 (spouse) + Rs 2,40,000 (daughter)
Immovable Nil
Liabilities Nil

List of other candidates contesting from Chennai North is as follows:

S. No Name Party Symbol Age Education Occupation
1 L Praveen Kumar People’s Party of India   Bread 38 LLB, MBA Businessman
2 J Sebastin Socialist Unity Center of India (Communist) Gas Cylinder 42 SSLC Social Worker
3 P Marimuthu Independent Box 63 Class 6 Businessman
4 S Robert Gnanasekar Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant 43 MA Social Worker
5 M L Ravi Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi Football 54 BL,ML Advocate
6 V Saravanan Independent Laptop 29 BA, BL Advocate
7 N Satheesh Kannan Independent Sofa 28 ,BA, LLB Businessman
8 K Prabhakaran Makkal Atchi Katchi Telephone 35 MA, BL Advocate
9 S Ganesh Independent Diamond 38 B.com,LLB Advocate
10 S Selvaraj Independent Pressure Cooker 43 LLB Advocate
11 L Raj Independent Hat 44 Nil Businessman
12 C Dhanraj Independent Pot 44 BA, BL Advocate
13 J Dharanidharan Independent Suitcase 39 LLB Advocate
14 S Prithviraj Independent Bucket 25 Class 12 Clerk
15 G Srinivasan Independent AC 42 MA Advocate
16 L Kameshwaran Tamilnadu Ilagyar Katchi Ring 44 B.Com Self-employed
17 R Arulmurugan Independent Balloon 38 SSLC Businessman
18 P Santhana Krishnan Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam Gift Box 43 ITI Real Estate Agent
19 A G Damodaran Independent Street Light 46 BA, BL Businessman

Key issues of the constituency

  • For residents of Kodungaiyur, the dumpyard is a major source of discontent. A part of the city’s waste is dumped in the area. The accumulation of waste over the years has caused severe issues with health among the residents. The waste and leachate have also contaminated the groundwater in the region.  “We have been fighting to stop the dumping of waste in the area for many years. Why should we bear the brunt of the city’s waste and suffer? Our children are unable to breathe and the yard catches fire in the summers. We want someone who will take this up at the highest levels on our behalf”, says Seethammal R of Ezhil Nagar.
  • Water scarcity is another serious issue that plagues the constituency. Even as the city grapples with the water crisis, the situation in North Chennai is more dire than in other parts. The people are heavily dependent on the tanker lorries and pay exorbitant amounts to procure water. Continuous piped water supply is a long overdue demand from the residents of the constituency.
  • Several projects to improve connectivity has been on the list of pending demands by residents. Even as the residents are glad for metro rail connectivity, road infrastructure and traffic congestion remain key issues. The residents want the expedition of the Outer Ring Road Project and Ennore- Manali Road Improvement Project.
  • The residents and truckers also protest the presence of four toll plazas in as part of the project that charge motorists between Rs 35 and Rs 200 depending on the category the vehicle belongs to.
  • Upgrades in facilities at the Kasimedu harbour is another demand from the many residents engaged in fishing for livelihood. The fisherfolk would like protection from arbitrary eviction and better facilities at the fish market including cold-storage.
  • Jobs are also on the minds of residents in North Chennai. “All the IT companies and manufacturing industries are in the south. We only have polluting industries in the region. The youth here would also like white-collar jobs and we would like to have those who can provide that come to power”, says Karthik Rajesh of Royapuram.

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