Munisamy Thambidurai (born 15 March 1947) is an Indian politician who served as the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha and leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. He had served as the Cabinet Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs and as the Minister of State of Surface Transport from March 1998 to April 1999. He had also served as the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 1985 to 1989.
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
|Assumed office |
14 March 2020
|Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Kariya Munda|
|Preceded by||G. Lakshmanan|
|Succeeded by||Shivraj Patil|
|Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs and Minister of State for Surface Transport|
16 May 1998 – 25 November 1999
|Preceded by||Ramakant Khalap|
|Succeeded by||Rangarajan Kumaramangalam|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
14 May 2009 – 21 May 2019
|Preceded by||K.C. Palanisamy|
|Succeeded by||S. Jothimani|
|Preceded by||K. Natrayan|
|Succeeded by||M. Chinnasamy|
|Preceded by||A.R. Murugaiah|
|Succeeded by||N. Murugesan|
|Preceded by||K. Arjunan|
|Succeeded by||M. G. Sekhar|
|Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly|
18 May 2001 – 25 May 2009
|Preceded by||E. G. Sugavanam|
|Succeeded by||K. R. K. Narasimhan|
|Minister for Education, Technical Education, Science and Technology, Sports and Youth Welfare, Archeology, Tamil Development and Tamil Culture, Indian Overseas, Refugees and Evacuees, Government of Tamil Nadu|
16 May 2001 – 24 May 2006
|Born||15 March 1947|
Basavannakovil, Krishnagiri, Madras Presidency, British India
|Political party||Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(1972-Present)|
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(1965-1972)
|Alma mater||Madras Christian College|
Thambidurai started his political career as a youth worker and student activist of the erstwhile united DMK in 1965 at the age of 18, when he was in the first year as a student of Madras Christian College. He participated in the anti-Hindi agitation of 1965 and courted arrest. He worked his way up in the Party as a hard working organizer, starting as a worker at the booth level for Municipal and Legislative Assembly polls in 1967 and 1971 for the DMK, and also as an Agitprop coordinator in universities and colleges. He was among the founding-members and first generation of the AIADMK in 1972 when the party split with M.G. Ramachandran. He became an MLA from Erode in 1977, and was first elected as a Member of Parliament to the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984 from Karur (Lok Sabha constituency), Dharmapuri and was subsequently elected to the 9th Lok Sabha, 12th Lok Sabha, 15th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha. Also he was elected during Tamil Nadu assembly 2001,2006 Bargur (state assembly constituency) . He also served as minister of Education, Technical Education, Science and Technology, Sports and Youth Welfare, Archeology, Tamil Development and Tamil Culture, Indian Overseas, Refugees and Evacuees. He was portfolio during jayalaitha 2001 cabinet.
Thambidurai contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Karur (Lok Sabha constituency) in Tamil Nadu and was subsequently elected as a member of the Indian Parliament. He had been serving as the leader of AIADMK in the Lok Sabha since 2009. He lost in the general elections in 2019 to Jothimani.
|Party political offices|
|| Leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Party in the 15th Lok Sabha
Dr.M.Thambidurai belongs to a community which is a majority in the western Districts of Tamil Nadu also known as Kongu Nadu which comprises the districts of Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Karur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Salem and Northern parts of Dindigal District such as Palani, Kodaikanal, Oddanchatram and Vedasandur . Also a sparse population in some minor parts of Kerala and Karnataka. He is member of the Trust of Adhiyamaan Educational and Research Institutions, Chennai; St.Peter's Institute of Higher Education and Research Chennai; Lakshmi Sarawathi Educational Trust, Chennai; Kovai Kalaimagal Educational Trust which is managed by his wife Dr. T. Bhanumathi.
- "M Thambidurai elected deputy speaker of Lok Sabha". Times of India. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- Julie Mariappan (19 May 2014). "Thambidurai appointed AIADMK's parliamentary party leader". The Times of India.
- "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile: Thambidurai,Dr. Munisamy". Lok Sabha. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- "Thambidurai agrees to provide access to lands". The hindu. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Report of the Expert Committee" (PDF). UGC. Retrieved 13 January 2019.