Who is your new MLA?

2021 Assembly election results

Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and writer Muthuvel Karunanidhi. Pic: Tommi Huusko

With the announcement of the results of the state assembly elections 2021, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has returned to power in Tamil Nadu after a gap of ten years. The DMK continues its stronghold over many parts of Chennai, even reclaiming constituencies such as Mylapore where it had not won in two decades.

However, elections results are just a starting point for citizens, not an end. We must hold our elected representatives accountable throughout their tenure. Who is your new MLA? What are his credentials? What are the issues he needs to address?

Here is a list of all the winners in Chennai and a short introduction to the MLA in your constituency:

S No      ConstituencyCandidatePartyVotesMargin% of vote
1MaduravoyalGanapathy KDMK12129831,72144.29
2AmbatturJoseph SamuelDMK11455442,14647.67
3MadhavaramSudharsanam SDMK15148557,07150.04
4ThiruvottiyurKP ShankarDMK8818537,66144.09
5Radhakrishnan NagarEbenezer J J (@) John Ebenezer JDMK9576342,47951.2
6PeramburR D SekarDMK1052675497652.53
7KolathurM K StalinDMK1055227038460.86
8VillivakkamA VetriazhaganDMK761273723752.83
9Thiru.vi.ka NagarP SivakumarDMK817275501361.13
10EgmoreI ParanthamenDMK688323876857.71
11RoyapuramMurthy R IDreamDMK6442427,77953.16
12HarbourSekar Babu PKDMK5931727,27458.35
13Chepauk-ThiruvallikeniUdhayanidhi StalinDMK9328569,35567.89
14Thousand LightsEzhilan NDMK7186732,46252.87
15Anna NagarM K MohanDMK8005427,44548.49
16VirugambakkamAMV.Prabhakara RajaDMK7435118,36743.97
17SaidapetSubramanian MaDMK8019429,40850.02
18T NagarKarunanithi J DMK56,03513740.57
19MylaporeVelu DhaDMK68,39212,63344.58
20VelacheryJMH.Hassan MaulanaINC68,4934,35238.76
21SholinganallurS Arvind RameshDMK1,71,55835,40544.18
22AlandurT M AnbarasanDMK1167854057149.12
23SriperumbudurSelvaprunthagai KINC1153531087943.65
24PallavaramI KarunanithiDMK1264273778147.49
25TambaramS R RajaDMK1,16,84036,82446.93

Maduravoyal constituency

Ganapathy K is a first time MLA-elect who contested against School Education Minister P Benjamin in the 2021 elections. He is also the party’s Maduravoyal South Secretary.

  • Age: 61
  • Education/occupation: 8th standard/ Real estate agent
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
Ganapathy KDMK121298
Benjamin PAIADMK89577
Ganeshkumar GNTK21045

Read more: Constituency round-up: Maduravoyal wants new MLA to look into unfinished projects, ration scams


Ambattur constituency

In 2016, Joseph Samuel had won the ward chairman post for Ambattur zone. He won against AIADMK’s V Alexander by one vote then. 

  • Age: 58
  • Education/Occupation: BA/Business (E-Waste)
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
Joseph SamuelDMK114554
V AlexanderAIADMK72408
R Anbu Thenarasan NTK22638

Read more: Constituency round-up: Candidates and key issues in Ambattur


Madhavaram constituency

Sudharsanam won the 2016 elections from the same constituency with 1,22,082 votes. Before the conduct of 2021 elections, he was named as the person in charge for North East district in Chennai that includes Madhavaram and Thiruvottiyur constituencies.

  • Age: 62
  • Education/Occupation: MA, BL/Advocate, agriculturist
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
Sudharsanam SDMK151485
Moorthy. VAIADMK94414
Elumalai RNTK27453

Read more: Constituency round-up: Madhavaram voters look forward to regular water supply, sewage connections


Thiruvottiyur constituency

KP Shankar is the younger brother of ex-MLA and former Fisheries Minister KPP Samy, who passed away in 2020. He was a Councillor of the Greater Chennai Corporation ward no. 5, Thiruvottiyur zone. 

  • Age: 49
  • Education/Occupation: Class 9/Businessman
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
K P ShankarDMK88185
K KuppanAIADMK50524
SeemanNTK48597

Read more: Elections 2021: Thiruvottiyur constituency and candidate details


Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar

J J Ebenezer was part of Chennai North DMK youth wing and is a first-time MLA elected from Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency.

  • Age: 45
  • Education/Occupation: Business/M.Com
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
Ebenezer J J (@) John Ebenezer J DMK95763
Raajesh R SAIADMK53284
Gowrishankar KNTK20437

Perambur Constituency

Perambur has seen a tumultuous few years in its electoral history leading up to the recently concluded assembly elections. The constituency was won by P Vetrivel of ADMK in the 2016 polls. He was disqualified by the Speaker after withdrawing support for then CM Edappadi Palanisamy. As a result, a by-election was held in 2019. This election was won by R D Sekar of the DMK. He continues to hold the seat after a comprehensive victory in 2021, polling 52.53% of the total votes.

  • Age: 54
  • Education / Occupation: High school/ Business
CANDIDATESPARTYVOTES
R D SekarDMK105267
N R DhanapalanAIADMK50291
Merlin SuganthiNTK19821

Read more: Constituency round-up: No MLA till date has acted on relocating dumpyard, say voters in Perambur


Kolathur Constituency

DMK supremo MK Stalin has emerged victorious in Kolathur for the third straight term and has taken oath as the Chief Minister of the state. This election saw Stalin poll 60.86% of the votes, overcoming a direct challenge from ADMK’s Aadhi Rajaram.

  • Age: 68
  • Education/occupation: BA/ Social Work
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
M K StalinDMK105522
AadhirajaramAIADMK35138
A JagadishkumarMNM14076

Read more: Constituency round-up: High-profile constituency fielding CM candidate, Kolathur has serious civic concerns


Villivakkam Constituency

DMK’s A Vetriazhagan has emerged victorious in Villivakkam, defeating former MLA JCD Prabhakar of the ADMK. A Vetriazhagan is the grandson of veteran DMK leader K Anbazhagan. Vetriazhagan was a businessman before his foray into politics. JCD Prabhakar had formerly defeated Vetriazhagan’s grandfather to win the same seat in 2011.

  • Age: 40
  • Education/ Occupation: BE;MBA/ Education sector
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
A VetriazhaganDMK76127
JCD PrabhakarAIADMK38890
SriharanMNM13364

Read more: Constituency roundup: Villivakkam set for battle between K Anbazhagan’s grandson and 2011 winner


Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar Constituency

Incumbent MLA Sivakumar P alias Thayagam Kavi of DMK has retained his seat with a victory in the 2021 elections. The MLA defeated P L Kalyani of ADMK by securing 61.13% of the votes polled.

  • Age: 51
  • Education/ Occupation: MA;BL / Lawyer
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
P SivakumarDMK81727
Kalyani P L AIADMK26714
Dr R IlavanajiNTK10921

Read more: Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA to recontest Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar; voters want better infra and jobs


Egmore Constituency

I Paranthamen of the DMK has won the Egmore assembly constituency, beating challenger B John Pandian of the Thamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam which was in alliance with the ADMK. Paranthamen secured 57.71% or votes.

  • Age: 44
  • Education/ Occupation: BA/BL/ Advocate
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
I ParanthamenDMK68832
John PandianAIADMK30064
U PriyadarshiniMNM9990

Read more: Constituency round-up: Young female candidates from MNM and NTK to take on seasoned leaders in Egmore


Royapuram Constituency

Idream R Murthy. Credits: RMurthy/facebook

R Murthy, popularly known as Idream R Murthy contested his first election from Royapuram constituency. The proprietor of Idream cinemas in Royapuram, Murthy has been associated with the DMK for many decades now. Some of his promises are to set up a Kendriya Vidyalaya school and an Arts college for the benefit of students, who otherwise travel far away. CM elect MK Stalin had also promised to make Tondiarpet station a railway terminus.

Watch our interview with him here.

  • Age: 54
  • Education/Occupation: Class 10/Business
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Idream R MurthyDMK64424
Jayakumar DAIADMK36645
Kamali SNTK7953

Read more: Constituency round-up: Royapuram lacks basic amenities, but sitting MLA confident of win


Harbour constituency

Sekar Babu PK was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency as an AIADMK candidate in 2001 and 2006 elections. In 2011, he joined DMK and has been elected from Harbour constituency this time.

CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Sekar Babu PKDMK59317
Vinoj P SelvamBJP32043
Ahamed Fazil MNTK3357

Read more: Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA hopes to retain seat in the cosmopolitan constituency of Harbour


Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni

MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin paying his tributes to late grandfather and former CM M Karunanidhi. Pic: Udhayanidhi Stalin/Twitter

Udhayanadhi Stalin, son of CM elect MK Stalin, is a first-time MLA elected from Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency which was represented by his grandfather, former CM MK Karunanithi.  It is to be noted that there was initial reluctance to nominate Udhayanidhi from the constituency over concerns about the party being accused of indulging dynasty politics. He is also an actor and producer in the Kollywood industry.

  • Age: 43
  • Occupation/Education: Social work, cinema/B.Com
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Udhayanadhi StalinDMK93285
Kassali AVAPMK23930
Mohammed Idris KIJK4096

Read more: Constituency round-up: Udhayanidhi Stalin draws eyes to Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni


Thousand Lights Constituency

Dr N Ezhilan is the son of former Deputy Chief of the State Planning Commission M Naganathan, who was in the past part of the team creating DMK manifestos.

Dr Ezhilan distributing sanitisers in his constituency. Pic: Dr Ezhilan/Twitter
  • Age: 41
  • Education/ Profession: MBBS, MD. He is a doctor with experience in infectious diseases, preventive medicine and diabetology.
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Dr N EzhilanDMK71867
Khushboo Sundar BJP39405
K M ShariffMNM11791

Anna Nagar Constituency

M K Mohan (DMK) is the richest MLA in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. He had served as a local corporator before being fielded as the MLA candidate in 2016.

  • Age: 68
  • Education/ occupation: Class 8/ Business of Brick Manufacturing & Agriculture
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
M K MohanDMK80054
S Gokula IndiraAIADMK52609
V Ponraj MNM17522

Read more: Constituency round-up: Anna Nagar, seat of TN’s richest MLA


Virugambakkam Constituency

AMV Prabhakara Raja is the DMK youth organiser for Chennai South district and son of Tamilnadu Vanigar Sangam Peramaippu leader Vikarama Raja. 

  • Age: 32
  • Occupation/ Education: Business/B.Tech, MBA
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
AMV Prabhakara RajaDMK74351
Virugai V N RaviAIADMK55984
SenaganMNM16939

Read more: Constituency round-up: Sitting MLA takes on DMK’s youth wing organiser and poet-lyricist from MNM in Virugambakkam


Saidapet Constituency

Ma Subramanian, also called Ma Su, worked as chairman of Chennai Corporation from 1996-2006 and was Mayor of Chennai from 2006-2011. He is also deputy general secretary of DMK’S youth wing.  

  • Age: 61
  • Education/ Occupation: BA LLB/ Advocate
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Subramanian MaDMK80194
Saidai DuraiswamyAIADMK50786
Snega PriyaMNM13454

Read more: Constituency round-up: Two former mayors lock horns in Saidapet, riddled with waste and flooding issues


T Nagar Constituency

J Karunanithi is the brother of former MLA J Anbazhagan, elected from the Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency in Chennai from 2011 to 2020. The latter passed away last year.

  • Age: 51
  • Education/ Occupation: 9th standard; Business
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Karunanithi JDMK56035
Sathianarayanan BAIADMK55898
Karuppiah PalaMNM14567

Read more: Constituency round-up: T Nagar, crying for an end to persistent civic problems


Mylapore Constituency

DMK reclaimed Mylapore constituency after 20 years, thanks to its candidate Velu Dha. He is a former local councillor. 

  • Age: 50
  • Education/ Occupation:  BA, LLB/ Business, social work
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Velu DhaDMK68392
Nataraj RAIADMK55759
SripriyaMNM14904

Read more: Constituency round-up: Retired public servant, social worker, transwoman face off in Mylapore contest


Velachery Constituency

JMH Aassan Maulana had earlier contested for the MLA seat from Villivakkam but did not win. For the second time, he contested from Velachery, against AIADMK’s M K Ashok and won.

  • Age: 36
  • Profession/ Education:Business/ MBA
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
JMH Aassan MaulanaINC68493
M K AshokAIADMK64141
Dr Santhosh Babu MNM23072

Read more: Constituency round-up: Infrastructure woes a key concern for voters in Velachery


Sholinganallur Constituency

For the second consecutive term, S Arvind Ramesh won the seat of Sholinganallur by defeating K P Pandian of the AIADMK. 

  • Age: 53
  • Education/ Occupation: Class ten/ Business
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
S Arvind RameshDMK171558
K P PandianAIADMK136153
S MichaelNaam Tamilar Katchi38872

Read more: Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA takes on 2011 winner in Sholinganallur contest


Alandur Constituency

T M Anbarasan. Credits: Facebook

DMK’S T M Anbarasan won the Alandur assembly constituency defeating B Valarmathi of ADMK, who had won the seat in 2001. Anbarasan won the seat in 2016 staving off a challenge from another former MLA in S Ramachandran of the ADMK.

  • Age: 61
  • Education/ Occupation:  Class 1/ Agriculture
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
T M AnbarasanDMK116785
B ValarmathiAIADMK76214
E SarathbabuMNM21117

Read more: Constituency round-up : Alandur to see fight between two-time MLA, former social welfare minister and entrepreneur


Sriperumbudur Constituency

Selvaperunthagai K of the Indian National Congress has won Sriperumbudur constituency, defeating incumbent ADMK MLA K Palani. In a close contest, Selvaperunthagai emerged victorious, securing 43.65% of the votes.

  • Age: 60
  • Education/ Occupation: BA’BL; Business
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Selvaperunthagai KINC115353
K PalaniAIADMK104474
PushaparajNTK22034

Read more: Constituency round-up: Industrialised Sriperumbudur wants water and sewage woes fixed


Pallavaram Constituency

Incumbent MLA I Karunanithi secured a second term from Pallavaram, defeating Rajendran C of the ADMK. He bagged 47.49% of the votes for a resounding victory in the constituency.

  • Age: 62
  • Education/ Occupation: Class 10/ Real Estate
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
I KarunanithiDMK126427
C RajendranAIADMK88646
Minishree KanagarajNTK21362

Read more: Constituency round-up: Pallavaram MLA to contest seat, even as long-standing demands of residents remain unmet


Tambaram Constituency

Tambaram MLA SR Raja. Pic: SR Raja/Facebook

S R Raja was the chairman of Tambaram Municipality. He won from Tambaram for the third time, having won two legislative assembly elections in 2006 and 2016. 

  • Age: 64
  • Education/ Occupation: Class eight/ Business
CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
S R RajaDMK116840
Chinnaiyah.T.K.MAIADMK80016
Elango SivaMNM22530

Read more: Constituency round-up: Candidates in Tambaram and what voters want them to address


Compiled by Laasya Shekhar, Aruna Natarajan and Bhavani Prabhakar

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  1. I belongs to Radha Nagar chromepet
    But I residing now in thandlam in rental hous. Now I couldn’t able pay rent also
    Why due this subway I lost my livings due lot migrant from different state & district, and also there no job for district job seeker even though they go job to near concern the refuse to pay requested salary , simple answer no job, but offering jobs through job constantly or contract

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