N. Rangaswamy

N Rangasamy (born 4 August 1950) is an Indian politician who was the Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry. He was elected from Thattanchavady assembly constituency. He holds the record of becoming chief minister with in three months after creating his own party. He is only person in Puducherry to become chief minister of Puducherry by starting a new party on his own. He is known for his simplecity and kindness so he is called as living Junior Kamaraj.[1]

N. Rangasamy
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N. Rangasamy in March 2015
Leader of Opposition of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
16 May 2016
Lieutenant GovernorKiran Bedi
Preceded byV. Vaithilingam
9th Chief Minister of Puducherry
In office
16 May 2011 – 6 June 2016
Preceded byV. Vaithilingam
Succeeded byV. Narayanasamy
ConstituencyIndira Nagar
In office
27 October 2001 – 4 September 2008
Preceded byP Shanmugam
Succeeded byV. Vaithilingam
Personal details
Born (1950-08-04) 4 August 1950 (age 69)
Pondichéry, French India (now Puducherry, India)
Political partyAll India NR Congress (2011—present)
Other political
Indian National Congress (1990—2011)
ResidenceNo 9, Vinayagar Koil Street, Thilaspet, Puducherry - 605 009.

Early lifeEdit

N Rangasamy was born on 4 August 1950 in Puducherry to his parents Nadesan Krishnasamy and Panchali in a Tamil family. He got his BCom degree in Tagore Arts College and B.L. in Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Puducherry.[2].

Prior to entering politics (before 1990), he served as Assistant to the Minister of Puducherry V Pethaperumal.

His first election was the contest at Thattanchavady constituency in 1990, he lost against V. Pethaperumal JD got 9503 votes and N. Rangasamy got 8521 votes. He won the 1991 assembly election with an overwhelming majority and was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Co-operation. He was again elected from the same constituency in 1996. During 2000, he had adorned the office of the Minister for Tourism, Education, Public Works, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture. In the 2001 Assembly Election, he won from the Thattanchavady constituency and assumed office as Minister for Public Works, Agriculture and Forest. In the same year, he assumed office of the Chief Minister of Puducherry on 27 October.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

  • 1991 - Thattanchavadi - Agriculture Minister
  • 1996 - Thattanchavadi - Co operative minister
  • 2000 - Thattanchavadi - Education Minister
  • 2001 - Thattanchavadi - Chief minister
  • 2006 - Thattanchavadi - Chief minister
  • 2011 - Indira Nagar - Chief minister
  • 2016 - Indira Nagar - Leader of the Opposition

During his first tenure as Chief Minister, various path breaking schemes for socio-economic development were implemented like ‘Perunthalaivar Kamarajar’ Housing Scheme for making the Union Territory of Puducherry a "Hut-free Zone", distribution of free text books, note books, rain coats, cycles, umbrella, ‘Shri Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme’ under which hot milk and biscuits are provided to students of Govt and Govt-aided schools apart from mid-day meal scheme, free LPG connection with free stove and cylinder to BPL families, 50% concession on stamp duty for immovable property registered in the name of Women and full reimbursement of tuition fees for students selected through CENTAC for pursuing Medicine and Engineering courses.[3]

As Chief MinisterEdit

In Puducherry he was always called as People chief minister (makkal mudhalvar) Due to Noteworthy achievements in education include free education through good government schools, old age pension scheme ,free reimbursements for professional and non-professional college students.He laid the foundation for the first government medical college at Kathirkamam. His welfare schemes include distribution of Wheat through PDS for the poor Diabetics who have crossed the age of 60, a Mid-day Meal Scheme and Breakfast schemes for the poor school children and reimbursing the school and college tuition fees to students.[3] Rangaswamy resigned as Chief Minister on 28 August 2008; Indian National Congress had asked him to resign due to internal politics. After resigning from Indian National Congress, he started a new political party called All India NR Congress on 7 February 2011. Within three months, in the 2011 Legislative Assembly Elections, his party won 15 seats out of 17 seats and his alliance All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam got 5 out of 10 seats.

Elections Contested and Results

Year Constituency Result vote opponent vote margin
1990 THATTANCHAVADY  N Lost 8521 V. Pethaperumal 9503 982
1991 THATTANCHAVADY  Y Won 12545 V. Pethaperumal 5285 7260
1996 THATTANCHAVADY  YWon 9989 V. Pethaperumal 7699 2290
2001 THATTANCHAVADY  YWon 14323 V. Pethaperumal 8769 5554
2006 THATTANCHAVADY  YWon 27024 T. Gunasekaran 2026 24998
2011 Kadirgamam  YWon 16323 V. Pethaperumal 6566 9757
2011 Indira Nagar  YWon 20685 V. Aroumougam A.K.D 4008 16677
2016 Indira Nagar  YWon 15463 V. Aroumougam A.K.D. 12059 3404


  1. ^ "N Rangasamy: Meet the 'Junior Kamaraj' of Puducherry - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ "N Rangasamy". www.oneindia.com. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rangasamy's clean image helped him humble Congress in Puducherry". Retrieved 14 November 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
P Shanmugam
Chief Minister of Puducherry
27 October 2001 – 4 September 2008
Succeeded by
V Vaithilingam
Preceded by
V Vaithilingam
Chief Minister of Puducherry
16 May 2011 – 6 June 2016
Succeeded by