K. A. Krishnaswamy

K. A. Krishnaswamy (24 March[citation needed] 1932 – 18 May 2010) was an Indian politician and minister in the Government of Tamil Nadu. He was the younger brother of K.A. Murugesan, a DK leader and K. A. Mathiazhagan, a founding leader of the DMK. He was the third person from the Kaniyur family to enter into politics. Initially he belonged to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and was a Member of the Rajya Sabha.

K. A. Krishnaswamy
Kaniyur A. Krishnaswamy

24 March 1932
Kaniyur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
DiedMay 18, 2010(2010-05-18) (aged 78)

In 1972 when M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) started the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) he joined the party as the second member, next only to M. G. Ramachandran. Krishnaswamy was the first Organising Secretary of the ADMK and was the owner and editor of the Thennagam daily newspaper which subsequently became the official organ of the ADMK. He gave the title of Puratchi Thalaivar ( Revolutionary Leader) to MGR

He was briefly a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council before being elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Thousand Lights constituency in 1980. He was re-elected in the 1984, and 1991 elections.

During 1978–87, he held portfolios such as Cooperation, Small Industries, Dairy Development and Local Administration in Ramachandran's cabinet. During 1991–96 he was the minister for Law in J. Jayalalitha's cabinet. He retired from active politics in 1996.[1][2][3][4][5]

Krishnaswamy died on 18 May 2010.[5]


  1. ^ 1980 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  2. ^ 1984 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  3. ^ 1991 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  4. ^ "The Hindu : States / Tamil Nadu : Former AIADMK minister Krishnaswamy passes away". The Hindu. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Ex-AIADMK minister KA Krishnaswamy dead". The New Indian Express. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.