Meet Thiruvallur candidates: Two-time AIADMK MP faces another doctor fielded by MNM

LOKSABHA ELECTIONS: THIRUVALLUR CONSITUENCY ROUNDUP

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The frequency of trains from Ponneri to Chennai Central needs to be increased. Pic: India Rail Forum

Thiruvallur Parliamentary constituency is comprised of six assembly constituencies — Madhavaram, Poonamalle, Avadi, Ponneri, Gummidipoondi and Thiruvallur. Once part of the Sriperumbudur constituency, Thiruvallur was carved out as a separate constituency in 2008 after delimitation.

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A total of 20 candidates are contesting from various political parties and as independent candidates from Chennai South. The Election Commission of India has rejected 17 applications for the constituency, while two of them withdrew after filing the nominations.  According to the election commission of India’s website, the constituency has a total of 1946242 voters: 961864 male, 984032 female and 346 transgenders.

Thiruvallur shares its border with Andhra Pradesh, the reason for a sizeable Telugu population in the constituency.  With a mix of urban and rural localities, Thiruvallur has an average literacy rate of 83 percent.

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

2014 Lok Sabha election results

Incumbent MP: Dr P Venugopal

Name of the candidate Party Votes secured Vote share(over total votes polled)
P Venugopal AIADMK 628499 50.1
Ravi Kumar D VCK 305069 24.3
Yuvraj V DMDK 204734 16.3
NOTA  — 23598 1.88

Source: ECI

Know your candidates

Dr P Venugopal (AIADMK)

Dr P Venugopal, AIADMK candidate

A two time MP from the constituency, Venugopal, 66, is seeking a third term. During his recent term, P Venugopal was part of rural development and business advisory committees among others in the Lok sabha.

To view complete profile (including record of criminal cases) and performance details, click here.

  • Contact: +91 9444011634
  • E-mail: drvenugopalmp@gmail.com
  • Link to affidavit: Click here.

Assets and Liabilities (in INR)

Movable 18,27,373(self) + 4,48,959(spouse)+ 6,99,919(daughter)

+1,88,419(daughter) + 1,67,127(son)

Immovable 1,57,420,75(self)+7,35,005 (spouse) + 29,66,508(daughter)
Liabilities 12,49,867

Dr K Jayakumar, INC

Dr K Jayakumar, INC

DMK has not fielded a candidate in the constituency, although Dr K Jayakumar is contesting with a ticket from their alliance partner Indian National Congress. Jayakumar, 69, has many degrees to his name — B E, M.Tech, two PG diplomas and a PhD. More details can be found in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission.

  • Contact: 9444020571
  • E-mail: dr_jayakumar@hotmail.com
  • Link to affidavit: Click here.

Assets and Liabilities (in INR)

Movable 5,42,269
Immovable 240,41,500
Liabilities Nil

Logarangan M, MNM

MNM’s President Kamal Haasan campaigns for Logarangan M at Thiruvallur. Credits: Facebook

Logarangan M is a doctor and social activist, contesting the elections from Makkal Needhi Maiam party. He is a first time contestant, having joined the party on the back of its commitment to anti-corruption. His spouse is employed with the state government of Tamil Nadu.

  • Phone: +91 9894402419
  • E-mail: ranga0007@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Logarangan Muthurangan
  • Link to affidavit: Click here

Assets and Liabilities (INR)

Movable 4,35,000(self) + 12,95,000(spouse)
Immovable Nil
Liabilities Nil

R Anbuchezhian, BSP 

R Anbuchezhian is contesting from the Bahujan Samaj Party. The 48-year old is self-employed and in the field of real estate.  He has completed Class 12 via open schooling.

  • Phone: +91 9444794644
  • E-mail:anbuzhezhian.rajan@gmail.com
  • Link to affidavit: Click here

Financial details of the candidate:

Movable Rs 23,50,000 (self) + Rs 28,50,000 (spouse)
Immovable Nil
Liabilities Nil

Other candidates in the constituency

S No Name Party Symbol Age Education Occupation
1 C Kalanithi Anti corruption Dynamic party Jackfruit 39 B A Technician
2 D Ravi Pariyanar Republican party of India Ring 43 10th standard Real estate
3 M Vetriselvi Naam Tamilar Katchi Farmer 42 B A Not mentioned.

(spouse:driver)

4 G Arulraj Independent Cylinder 32 M A Farmer
5 D Anandaraj Independent Lamp post 34 12th standard Farmer
6 Kamalanathan Independent Hat 38 Not mentioned Farmer
7 V Gunasekaran Independent Pressure Cooker 65 10th standard Self employed
8 K Chandrasekar Independent Pot 38 B.A, BL Advocate
9 S Sargunam Independent Pan 42 B.Sc, B.L Farmer
10 C Bharath Independent Bat 26 B.Sc, B.Ed Private professional
11 A Manikandan Independent Diamond 32 12th standard Business
12 Pon Raja Independent Gift box 43 B.L Agrifarm
13 N Vikaraman Independent Table 35 ME, MBA, MSW Student full time
14 G George Independent Air conditioner 55 B.A Social worker
15 Murugesan Independent Cupboard 53 9th class Self employed
16 Vijaya R Independent Necklace 60 Not applicable Business

Key issues of the constituency

  • Due to increasing industrialisation, farmlands are fast vanishing. Out of the total 3,42,243 hectares in Tiruvallur, 35 per cent comes under cultivated area, reports The New Indian Express.
  • Due to various inter-departmental reasons, Ponneri Smart city project has not commenced yet. The project is vital for infrastructural development in the constituency, which still has mud roads.
  • Water is sourced from the agricultural wells of Thiruvallur to quench the thirst of Chennai. However, this has resulted in depleting groundwater levels.
  • The constituency, with around 20 lakh population, has no central or state run medical college. “Lack of good educational institutions is a key reason behind youth migration from the constituency. More and more youngsters are migrating to bordering Andhra Pradesh in search of better fortunes. The core city of Chennai manages to get the spotlight for setting up the reputed educational institutions,” says Kumaravelu J, a resident of Ponneri.
  • The number of trains from Ponneri and Gummidipoondi to Chennai Central need to be increased. “There is only one train for every one hour. During non peak hours, trains come only once every two hours,” Kumaravelu pointed out.

Laasya Shekhar
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