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


Citizens in Villivakkam being rescued during 2015 floods.

With more than 9 lakh voters, Villivakkam constituency was once the largest constituency in Asia. The constituency was delimited in 2008 to create Ambattur, Maduravoyal, Kolathur, Madhavaram and Virugambakkam constituencies. 

This time, the incumbent MLA B Ranganathan (DMK) has not been offered a seat. The grandson of veteran Dravidian politician K Anbazhagan, A Vetriazhagan will be contesting on a DMK ticket against AIADMK’s JCD Prabhakar. Fondly known as Perasiriyar (professor), K Anbazhagan was General Secretary of DMK for over four decades and a close confidant of former CM M Karunanidhi. He passed away in March 2020 at the age of 97.**

In the past, Prabhakar had contested from the same constituency in 2011 and won against Anbazhagan by a close margin. 

A majority of the voters in Villivakkam constituency are employees of  industrial estates in and around the locality, and the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur. Some of the areas in the constituency are Balaramapuram, Nehru Nagar, Bharathi Nagar, Annai Sathiya Nagar, North Thirumalai Nagar, SIDCO Nagar, Baba Nagar and Thirunagar. 

Representative image.

Votes cast (2016)

  • Total number of voters: 150116
  • Male Voters: 75962
  • Female voters: 73195
  • Third gender: 1
  • Postal votes: 958
  • Polling percentage: 59.89

2016 election results

B. Ranganathan (DMK) won by a margin of 9,321 votes.

CANDIDATEPARTYVOTESPercentage of votes polled
(As per ECI website)
B. RanganathanDMK65,40043.96
M. RajuAIADMK56,43637.75
T. PandiyanDMDK8,2025.49
M. JaishankarBJP6,3994.29
V. SubrahmanianPMK4,1712.79
A.   Vagai VenthanNTK3,3862.27
K.M. SucharithaYSP9502

Source: ECI

Incumbent MLA

  • Name: B. Ranganathan
  • S/o|D/o|W/o: R.Bakthavachalu
  • Age: 65
  • Address: 37/13, First Main Road, Jawahar Nagar, Chennai-82
  • Name Enrolled as Voter in: Kolathur (Tamil Nadu) constituency, at Serial no 1145 in Part no 107
  • Contact Number: 044 2670 1133
  • Self Profession: Business

Source: B. Ranganathan(DMK):Constituency- VILLIVAKKAM(CHENNAI) – Affidavit Information of Candidate: (

In the news

In 2019, the civic body had called for tenders for laying three roads in Villivakkam which was estimated to cost over Rs 50 lakh. Mani, a contractor, had stopped another contractor from quoting his bid. Mani alleged that the incumbent MLA Ranganathan had promised the contract. 

In 2019, when a bill seeking the extension of the time of special officers in local bodies was moved in the state assembly, MLA Ranganathan opposed the bill and added that several welfare schemes could not be implemented due to the absence of local body representatives. He added that the government was not ready to conduct the polls due to vested interests.

Know your candidates this time

S. NoNamePartyAgeEducation/OccupationCriminal Cases
1A VetriazhaganDravida Munnetra Kazhagam40Provision of services (primary education)/B.E, MBANil
2JCD PrabhakarAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam68Advocate/BA, BLNil
3Sriharan TMakkal Needhi Maiam30Business/DTTNil
4G DevapriyanIndependent44Business/BLNil
5R SridarNaam Tamilar Katchi49Advocate/BLNil
6M Murali VinodhIndependent37Advocate/BA, BLNil
7G IyanarIndependent46Advocate/BLNil
8D SubamangalamDesiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam42Fishmonger/Class 10Nil
9Syed RayhanIndependent50
10L GovindarajNam India Naam Indiyar Katchi40Advocate/B.E, BLNil
11C A Ashok KumarIndependent50Advocate/M.LNil
12M GunasekaranIndependent59Advocate/BA, BLNil
13Jagadesh JayakumarValamaana Tamizhagam Katchi41Street food vendor/Class 12Nil
14S Raju BharathiDesiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi63Car driver/B.ScNil
15S BaskarIndependent32NANA
16C MohanIndependent58Autodriver/Class 8Nil
17M JalalIndependent40Mutton butcher/Class 9Nil
18A S KumarIndependent64Business/class 9Nil
19S BaskarIndependent64Business/class 6Nil
20S ChandrikaIndependent51Salaried/M.A, M.PhilNil
21S KandasamyIndependent56Business/Class 10Nil
22C RaghulIndependent29Salaried/Class 11Nil
A Palanivel
Bahujan Samaj Party46Real estate/Class 5Nil
24A Ajith KumarIndependent26Tax consultant/MSWNil

Source: ECI. To know more about the candidates, check their affidavits here.

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Key issues

  • Every monsoon, Villivakkam residents battle with the problem of flooding. “Baba Nagar got flooded even during the rains we received recently. Since it is a low-lying locality, an integrated stormwater drainage system has been sanctioned. We hope to have a flood-free monsoon going forward,” says Theagarajan of Baba Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association.
  • In many parts of Villivakkam, the underground drainage system was constructed several decades ago but has not been taken up for restoration or alteration of structure. For instance, the drains in SIDCO Nagar, Agathiyar Nagar and Thiru Nagar were constructed 40 years ago. “The sewerage pipes should be widened, as the population has gone up exponentially since the drains were constructed,” says Elango P of Thiru Nagar.
  • Residents continue to battle even for basic facilities like a post office. “The postal department has been offered a place for setting up a post office in SIDCO Nagar. Currently, the postal department functions out of a rented building in Villivakkam market. On behalf of residents, we have even verified the legal documents for expediting the shifting process, but it has not materialised yet. Senior citizens are unable to travel and there are not many counters available at the center,” says S Gajendran – general secretary, SIDCO Nagar Senior Citizens Welfare Association. 
  • Residents of SIDCO Nagar had a community hall until recently. The facility was taken up for installing an Amma drinking water plant, which was shut down within a few months. “Now the hall lies useless. It can at least be converted into an Amma Clinic that will be beneficial for many residents,” adds Gajendran.

** Errata: DMK candidate A Vetriazhagan was wrongly mentioned as the grandson of former Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni MLA J Anbazhagan, whereas he is actually related to DMK General Secretary the late K Anbazhagan. The inadvertent error is regretted.

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  1. It’s not J Anbazhagan, it’s K Anbazhagan!!
    And he didn’t die due to Corona!

    • Thank you, Sir, for pointing out the error. It has since been corrected and an Errata has been added.

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