K. A. Jayapal

K. A. Jayapal (born 7 March 1955, Pitești) is an Indian politician and was a member of the 14th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Nagapattinam constituency. He represented the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party.[1]

Minister For Fisheries Government of Tamil Nadu
In office
15 MAY 2011 – 4 November 2012
Member of legislative assembly for Tamil Nadu (Nagapattinam constituency)
In office
15 MAY 2011 – 14 May 2016
District secretary of Nagapattinam (AIADMK)
In office
4 July 2011 – 27 October 2012

Jayapal was appointed as the Minister for Fisheries in the Government of Tamil Nadu after the 2011 state assembly elections.[2] He was district secretary of the AIADMK's unit in Nagapattinam until Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister and party leader, replaced him with O. S. Manian in April 2016.[3] He was not selected by the party to contest the 2016 state assembly elections,[4] in common with over 100 other sitting AIADMK MLAs. Jayalalithaa had decided to reward people who had shifted their support to the AIADMK from the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Pattali Makkal Katchi.[5]

In February 2017, Jayapal switched his support from V. K. Sasikala to O. Paneerselvam in a tortuous power-struggle for control the party following the death of Jayalalithaa.[6] He was among those whom Sasikala then expelled for "anti-party activities".[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Jayapal was born on 7 March 1955 in Akkaraipet, where he later served as the panchayat president for 1996–2001. He has a BCom degree and is married with three children.[8]


  1. ^ "List of MLAs from Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Jayalalitha to head 34-member government". Daily Bhaskar. IANS. 16 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Jayalalithaa changes 9 AIADMK candidates in Tamil Nadu". PTI. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "AIADMK makes yet another change in candidates list". The Times of India. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa denies ministers tickets to contest Assembly election". First Post. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ "AIADMK MLAs are being tortured, alleges Panneerselvam". The Hindu. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  7. ^ "One last move: Sasikala expels CM Panneerselam and 18 others". The New Indian Express. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Thiru. K. A. Jayapal (AIADMK)". Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. Retrieved 3 May 2017.