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

TN Assembly Elections 2021

Chennai Central Railway Station is located in Periamet. Pic: Jamal Haider/ Wikimedia Commons (CC BY:SA 2.0)

Egmore is one of the oldest and largest assembly constituencies in Chennai. Formed in 1957, the constituency is home to several important government buildings such as the Egmore Railway Station, Egmore Museum and Connemara Library. It is one of the busiest transportation hubs in Chennai. Egmore and Chetpet areas still retain some of the infrastructure constructed in the colonial period. 

Minority communities constitute a major part of the demography here. The main areas are Besant Nagar, Thattankulam, Choolai, Park Town, Purasawalkam, Gangadeeswarar Koil, Kilpauk South, Anbazhagan Nagar, Perumalpet, Kannappar Nagar, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Chetpet and Egmore.


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Egmore is also a strong foothold of the DMK party. The constituency has had DMK MLAs since 1967 except in two assembly elections. In 1980, Congress came to power here, and the DMDK was elected in 2011.

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Votes cast (2016)

  • Total number of voters: 119623 (excluding postal votes)
  • Male Voters: 61745
  • Female voters: 57871
  • Third gender: 7
  • Polling percentage: 63.01%

2016 Election Results

PartyCandidateVotes
Percentage of votes polled
(As per ECI website)
DMKRavichandran K S55,06045.64
AIADMKParithi Ellamvazhuthi E44,38136.79
BJPVenkatesan M7,1595.93
DMDKPrabhu T6,3215.24
NOTANone of the above2,8402.35

Source: ECI

Incumbent MLA Profile

  • Name: Ravichandran K S
  • Party: DMK
  • Age: 45
  • Address: Old No 21/1, New No 13/1, Subba Naidu St, Choolai, Chennai- 600112 
  • Contact Number: 98400 22250, 97104 22250
  • Profession: Lawyer
  • Victory Margin: 10679
  • No. of Criminal Cases: 1

Source: Myneta.info/Affidavit information

 In the news

  • In March last year, Egmore MLA Ravichandran was in the news when the Greater Chennai Corporation identified 28700 buildings on land without patta. The MLA stated that the over 1,000 houses in the neighbourhoods of his constituency do not have patta and that he has been demanding patta for these residents for the last 4 years. 
  • Last November, when cyclone Nivar hit the city, residents of 58 localities complained of water stagnation due to encroachments on drains and water bodies. The MLA was quoted as saying that Poonamallee High Road needs better drain design to reduce water stagnation from Ega theatre to Ripon building, and only 20% of the drains had been desilted.
  • Ravichandran was also in the spotlight last December when the central government team visited Vepery to assess the damage to civic infrastructure caused by flooding. The MLA said that the level of water on Alagappa Road had risen because of the collapse of the storm-water drain and that he had been asking Corporation officials for a new drain but to no avail.

Know your candidates this time

Ravichandran K S of the DMK won the 2016 elections, defeating Parithi Ellamvazhuthi E of AIADMK by a margin of 10,679 votes. However, the party ticket this time has gone to 44-year-old lawyer Paranthamen I. The 2016 AIADMK candidate, Parithi Ellamvazhuthi — who had joined the party after a long stint with the DMK and subsequently joined the AMMK — passed away after a heart attack in 2018 and the AIADMK has fielded an ally, controversial leader B John Pandian.

NamePartyAgeEducation/OccupationCriminal Cases
Paranthamen IDravida Munnetra Kazhagam44Advocate/ BA, BLNil
John Pandian BAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam65Businessman/ MA2 pending, 0 convictions
Priyadarsini UMakkal Needhi Maiam33Advocate/ B.Tech; LLBNil
Prabhu TDesiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam40Business/ BANil
Chandrakala J Lok Jan Shakti Party42House wife/ Class 12Nil
Sheeja GNam India Naam Indiyar Katchi39Business/ BBANil
Rajendran G RIndependent26Catering/ Class 10Nil
Uthayakumar MIndependent41Farmer/ B.A, B. PedNil
Revanth RAnaithu Makkal Arasilya Katchi26Trainer/ DCENil
Sekar VIndependent44Farmer/ Class 10Nil
Jayakalpana SIndependent49Business/ Class 9Nil
Paranthaman AIndependent36Teacher/ MA; B.EdNil
Eswaran VIndependent44Farmer/ Class 10Nil
Aravinth Kumar NIndependent29Farmer/ DECENil
Gunasekar NIndependent31Social work/ B.ThNil
Prabhu VIndependent50Lawyer/ BA; LLBNil
Geeta LakshmiNaam Tamilar Katchi38Naturopath/ BPTNil
Sundaraprathaban K PBahujan Samaj Party74Electrician/ Class 8Nil

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Key issues

Traffic management is the biggest concern in the commercial areas of the constituency such as Pudupet. 

Periamet, which falls under the Egmore constituency, is a well-developed transport hub, with the iconic Chennai Central located here. The foot over bridge connecting EVR Periyar Salai in Periamet and the Cooum River Bridge Road in Chintadripet is ill-maintained, with poor sanitation and lighting. Commuters and pedestrians wishing to get from one side to the other are thus forced to take a long detour: walk through EVR Periyar Salai till the Government College of Fine Arts intersection, Gandhi-Irwin Bridge Road, Egmore and through Krishnappa Chetty Street, Chintadripet.


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Several areas in the constituency are infamous for traffic congestion and water stagnation. During heavy rains when water stagnates, traffic near Ripon building comes to a halt. The zonal corporation officials and storm water drain officials have to start pumping out water. The residents complain that proper stormwater drains must be created to solve this issue.

Even though a few localities have taken up source segregation readily, waste management is still a pressing issue, especially in the low income areas. A resident near the F2 Police Station, Egmore said that the waste in and around the area is not properly disposed of. “I often see garbage overflowing, due to which there is a huge mosquito problem in our locality. The issue has been pending for so long, that we have learnt to live with it.” 

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