R. Vaithilingam

R. Vaithilingam is an Indian politician and a member of the Rajya Sabha from the state of Tamil Nadu.

R. Vaithilingam
Deputy Convener of ADMK
Assumed office
MP of Rajya Sabha for Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
30 June 2016
Preceded byE. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, INC
Minister of Housing & Agriculture (Government of Tamil Nadu)
In office
Member of Legislative Assembly - Orathanad constituency
In office
2001 – 2016 (defeated)
Personal details
Political partyAIADMK

Vaithilingam was Minister for Housing and Agriculture in the Government of Tamil Nadu prior to his defeat by M. Ramachandran in the state assembly election of 2016. The defeat was described as a giant-killing outcome.[1] As a cadre of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), he had been elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Orathanad constituency in 2001,[2] 2006[3] and 2011.[4]

On 3 June 2016, he was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha, along with three others of his party.[5][6] Upon He loss 2016 general election in orathanadu . After OPS-EPS faction merged, Vaithilingam said that general council will assemble soon to remove sasikala from the party.He was a close confidante of late Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha.


  1. ^ "DMK and AIADMK edge out others in Thanjavur district". The Hindu. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ 2001 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  3. ^ 2006 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  4. ^ "List of MLAs from Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu.
  5. ^ "26 Rajya Sabha members elected unopposed in six states (Roundup)". The Times of India. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Bihar: Piyush Goyal, Chidambaram, Suresh Prabhu, Sharad Yadav elected to Rajya Sabha". The Economic Times. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2017.