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Pon Radhakrishnan

Pon Radhakrishnan (born 1 March 1952) is an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Shipping between May 2014 and May 2019.[1] Earlier, he served in the Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways in the NDA government. He has served as the minister of state for Youth affairs and Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in Third Vajpayee Ministry. He is elected to Lok Sabha from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu in 2014. However he lost in the recent 2019 parliamentary elections.

Pon Radhakrishnan
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Minister of State for Finance
In office
2 September 2018 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterArun Jaitley
Preceded byArjun Ram Meghwal
Succeeded byAnurag Thakur
Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways
In office
26 May 2014 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterNitin Gadkari
In office
24 January 1999 – 24 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Succeeded byV. K. Singh
Minister of State for Shipping
In office
26 May 2014 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterNitin Gadkari
Preceded byKrishan Pal Gurjar
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Kanyakumari
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byJ. Helen Davidson
Succeeded byH. Vasanthakumar
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Nagercoil
In office
1999–2004
Preceded byN. Dennis
Succeeded byA. V. Bellarmin
Personal details
Born (1952-03-01) March 1, 1952 (age 67)
Nagercoil, Travancore-Cochin, India
(now in Tamil Nadu, India)
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ParentsPonniah Ayyappan and Thanga Kani
ResidenceNagercoil, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materDr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai
ProfessionLawyer, Politician

Political careerEdit

Pon Radhakrishnan won the 1999 Lok Sabha election from Nagercoilconstituency and became Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government of 1999-2004. Later, he also served as Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.[2] Pon Radhakrishnan lost the elections in 2004, 2009 and 2019.[3]

He was president of Tamil Nadu state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, resigning the position when he became a Minister of State in the Narendra Modi-led government.[4] He had won in a Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 Indian general election, from Kanyakumari constituency by a margin of 1,28,662 votes.[5] During this tenure, he served as Minister of State in various portfolios like Heavy Industries, Shipping and Finance. He lost the elections in 2019 to H. Vasanthakumar from Indian National Congress.

ElectionsEdit

Lok Sabha ElectionsEdit

Year Election Party PC name Result Votes gained Vote %
1991 10th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Nagercoil 3rd Place 1,02,029 18.82%
1996 11th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Nagercoil Runner up 1,69,885 30.25%
1998 12th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Nagercoil Runner up 2,67,426 45.08%
1999 13th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Nagercoil Won 3,07,319 50.21%
2004 14th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Nagercoil Runner up 2,45,797 36.49%
2009 15th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Kanniyakumari Runner up 2,54,474 33.20 %
2014 16th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Kanniyakumari Won 3,72,906 37.62 %
2019 17th Lok Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party Kanniyakumari Runner up 3,67,302 35.04 %

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PositionsEdit

  • 1999 - Elected to 13th Lok Sabha.
  • 1999 to 2000 - Member, Standing Committee on Industry.
  • 2000 - Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport.
  • 2000 to 2003 - Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • 2003 - Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
  • 2003 - Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • 2014 - Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (2nd term).
  • 2014 to 2014 - Minister of State, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  • 2014 to 2017- Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Shipping
  • 2017 to 2019 - Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Shipping

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PRESS COMMUNIQUE - President of India allocates portfolios of the Council of Ministers". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ Radhakrishnan "Pon Radhakrishnan" Check |url= value (help). India. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "P Radhakrishnan Biography". Election. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Tamilisai Sounderrajan appointed BJP TN unit president". The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha Elections and Results 2014". Elections. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ SemiColonWeb. "Public (Elections) Department, Tamil Nadu". elections.tn.gov.in. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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