S. P. Shunmuganathan

S. P. Shunmuganathan (born 9 September 1954) is an Indian politician and incumbent member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Srivaikuntam constituency. He is the former Minister for Milk and Dairy Development.[1]

S. P. Shunmuganathan
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S. P. Shunmuganathan in Sundankottai
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
23 May 2011
Chief Minister
Preceded byM. B. Sudalaiyandi
In office
22 May 2001 – 12 May 2006
Chief Minister
Preceded byS. David Selvyn
Succeeded byD. Selvaraj
Minister for Milk and Dairy Development
In office
23 May 2016 – 29 August 2016
Minister for Tourism and Tourism development
In office
18 June 2013 – 21 May 2016
Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
In office
16 May 2011 – 3 November 2011
Minister for Handlooms and Textiles
In office
14 May 2001 – 1 March 2002
Organization Secretary of Thoothukudi South District
Assumed office
2 March 2019
CoordinatorO. Panneerselvam
Joint CoordinatorEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Personal details
Born (1954-09-09) 9 September 1954 (age 67)
Pandaravilai, Madras State, India
(present-day Tamil Nadu)
Political partyAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Residence60A/1/53, 22nd Street, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Family and early lifeEdit

S. P. Shunmuganathan was born on 9 September 1954 in Pandaravailai in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. His father, Ponnaiah Nadar was a Payilvan (Gym master) and Teacher. Shunmuganathan finished his Siddha degree in Kumbakonam. His wife Asha, five daughters and a son.

Political careerEdit

He joined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in 1972. He served as the unopposed Panchayat secretary of Perungulam, Perungulam town secretary, Srivaikuntam union secretary, Presently he is the AIADMK's secretary of south Thoothukudi District.[2] In 2001 election he selected as MLA of Srivaikuntam constituency.[3][4]

In 2006 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, he lost to D. Selvaraj of Indian National Congress by 1,632 votes in the Srivaikuntam constituency.[5] In 2011 Tamil Nadu assembly election he was elected from the Srivaikundam constituency and served as a minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments in J. Jayalalithaa's cabinet.[6] He was sacked as Minister for Rural Industries in November 2011 as part of the third cabinet reshuffle in a five-month period by Jayalalithaa. [7]

In June 2013 he was appointed as minister of Tourism and Tourism development.[8]

In 2016 Assembly elections Shunmuganathan won in Srivaikuntam Constituency against Indian National Congress candidate Rani Venkatesan. After that he became minister of Milk and Dairy Development under J. Jayalalithaa's sixth term. He was released from cabinet on 29 August 2016 due to unknown reason.[9]


  1. ^ "Jayalalithaa and her 28-member Cabinet to be sworn in on May 23". The Hindu. 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ Jaya wields the axe
  3. ^ 2001 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  4. ^ "List of MLAs from Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu.
  5. ^ "Tuticorin district gets two ministers". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Jayalalithaa's council of ministers".
  7. ^ "Jayalalithaa sacks six Tamil Nadu ministers". NDTV. PTI. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Jayalalithaa drops two Ministers, inducts two". The Hindu. 17 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Jayalalithaa and her 28-member Cabinet to be sworn in on May 23". The Hindu. 21 May 2016.