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The fifteenth legislative assembly election was held on 19 April 2016 to elect members from 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Results were released on 19 May 2016. Two major parties Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) faced the election as coalitions of multiple parties with the DMK front consisting of 8 parties and the AIADMK of 11 parties. AIADMK front won the election, winning in 203 constituencies, with the AIADMK party itself winning 150 seats thus securing a simple majority to be able to form the government without the support of its coalition partners.


Jayalalitha submitted her unanimous election as the leader of ADMK legislature party to Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on 15 May 2011.[1] She was sworn-in as Chief Minister along with 33 other ministers at the Madras University centenary auditorium on 16 May 2011 by the Governor, the same venue she took oath in 1991 when she first became chief minister. She and all other ministers took oath in Tamil. The ceremony was attended by then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A. B. Bardhan among others.[2]


Relocation of assembly buildingEdit

In one of the first actions following her re-election as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalaitha proceeded to relocate the assembly and secretariat from the newly constructed building back to Fort St. George. The assembly building was constructed during M. Karunanidhi's tenure and costed over 1000 crores of rupees. This move was opposed by Pattali Makkal Katchi,[3] Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Dravidar Kazhagam.[4] A public interest litigation has been filed in Chennai high court by lawyer G. Krishnamoorthy alleging that the relocation was against public interest and unmindful of the large amount of tax money used for the construction of the new building.[5]

Amma UnavagamEdit

Amma Unavagam is a food subsidization program by the state government.

Tamizhaga arasu madikanini thittamEdit

Tamizhaga arasu madikanini thittam is a scheme in Tamil Nadu to distribute free laptops to students of secondary schools and colleges.[6] The scheme was implemented beginning in September 2011 to fulfill a campaign promise of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK.[7]

Content Specification
Processor Intel Pentium dual-core processor
Operating system Windows 7 & Linux BOSS 4.0
Size 14-inch display
Weight 2.7 kg
Physical memory 2 GB RAM
HDD 320 GB
Warranty One year

Council of MinistersEdit

Source: Government of Tamil Nadu, Council of Ministers

Portfolio Minister Departments
Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police, Home
Finance O. Panneerselvam Finance, Planning, Legislative Assembly, Elections and Passports
Electricity and Prohibition and Excise R. Viswanathan Electricity, Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses
Municipal Administration and Rural Development K. P. Munusamy Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness, Urban and Rural Water Supply
Housing and Urban Development R. Vaithilingam Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority
Rural Industries P. Mohan Rural Industries including Cottage Industries and Small Industries
Social Welfare and Nutritious Noon Meal B. Valarmathi Social Welfare including Women's and Children's Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently abled and Social Reforms and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
Higher Education P. Palaniappan Higher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology
Agriculture S. Damodaran Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Cooperatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Cess, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development
Cooperation Sellur K. Raju Cooperation, Statistics and Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Forests K. T. Pachaimal Forests and Cinchona
Highways & Minor Ports K. Palanisamy Highways and Minor Ports
Food R. Kamaraj Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control
Milk and Dairy Development V. Moorthy Milk and Dairy Development
Environment M. C. Sampath Environment and Pollution Control
Public Works K. V. Ramalingam Public Works, Irrigation including Minor Irrigation, Programme Works
Animal Husbandry T. K. M. Chinnayya Animal Husbandry
Industries P. Thangamani Industries, Steel Control, Mines and Minerals, and Special Initiatives
Handlooms and Textiles S. Sundararaj Handlooms and Textiles
Khadi and Village Industries P. Chendur Pandian Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoothan and Gramadhan
Tourism S. Gokula Indira Tourism, Tourism Development Corporation
Commercial Taxes and Registration B. V. Ramanaa Commercial Taxes and Registration and Stamp Act
Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare N. Subramanian Adi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour
Transport V. Senthil Balaji Transport, Nationalised Transport, Motor Vehicles Act
Fisheries K. A. Jayapal Fisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation
School Education and Sports and Youth Welfare, Law, Courts and Prisons N. R. Sivapathi School Education and Archaeology, Sports and Youth Welfare, Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, Law, Courts and Prisons, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Prevention of Corruption
Information Technology Mukkur N. Subramanian Information Technology
Information, Special Programme Implementation K. T. Rajenthra Bhalaji Information and Publicity, Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press, Implementation of Special Programmes including implemenation of the Election manifesto
Labour S. T. Chellapandian Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment
Health V. S. Vijay Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare
Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare A. Mohammedjan Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees & Evacuees, Minorities Welfare including Wakf
HR & CE M. S. M. Anandan Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE)
Revenue N. D. Venkatachalam Revenue, District Revenue Establishment, Deputy Collectors, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including legislation on Money lending, Chits, Registration of Companies


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  2. ^ "Jayalalithaa sworn in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister". The Hindu. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  3. ^ "தலைமைச் செயலகத்தை இடம் மாற்றக் கூடாது: ராமதாஸ்". Dinamani. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  4. ^ "MDMK, Dravida Kazhagam oppose shifting of Assembly". The Hindu. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  5. ^ "PIL plea seeks directive to stop shifting of the Assembly". The Hindu. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  6. ^ "An excellent scheme". The Hindu. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  7. ^ "TN Govt's laptop scheme to be implemented this week". The Hindu. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2014.