S. Jagathrakshakan

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S. Jagathrakshakan
Born (1950-08-15) August 15, 1950 (age 63)
Kalingamali, Distt. Villupuram (Tamil Nadu)
Occupation Member of Parliament
Spouse(s) J. Anusuya
Children one son(Mr. J.Lakshmi Narayana Alias Sundeep Aanand ) and one daughter(Mrs. Srinisha )
Parents G. Swamikannu Gounder and Lakshmiamma[1]

S. Jagathrakshakan (born August 15, 1950 in Kalingamali, Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu) is an Indian Tamil businessman and politician. He did his matriculation at Valudvur. He was a member of Lok Sabha of India from Arakkonam constituency of Tamil Nadu and has been elected three times since 1996. He was the minister of state for commerce and industry from November 2012 to March 2013.[2] He is also the chairman of Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital. He has authored 30 books, one of which was released by Mother Teresa.

In his political career, Jagathrakshakan has been elected once to the Tamil Nadu state assembly during the 1980 elections and to the Lok Sabha during the 1984 elections from the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) party. He also headed the ADMK parliamentary party from 1985–89. He won the Arakkonam lok sabha constituency during 1999 and 2009 elections from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. He started a Vanniyar caste based party called Veera Vanniyar Peravai in 2004, which became Jananayaga Munnetra Kazhagam in August 2004 and merged with DMK in 2009.

Jagathrakshakan has been a centre of controversy in various issues like Coal scam exposed in March 2012 where he is alleged to have utilized his political clout for illegal coal allocation for his company in 2007. He is believed to have amassed assets from 5 Crore in 2009 to 70 crores in 2011, which is the highest percentage rise of assets among all ministers in the central cabinet. In a sting operation conducted by Times of India in June 2009, it was exposed that his Bharat Medical college collected 20 lakh rupees for MBBS. His Bharat University is also one of the 44 black-listed universities of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Career[edit]

Jagathrakshakan was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly in year 1980 when he contested from Uthiramerur an a candidate of Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) under the leadership of MG Ramachandran.[1] He is one of the first political leaders to establish a professional college. He started the Bharath Institute of Science and Technology in 1984, which later went on to become Bharat Deemed University in 2003. The branches of the college were opened in Pondicherry and Karnataka.[3]

He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1985 from Arakkonam constituency and he served as the leader of ADMK parliamentary Party. After MGR's death, he sided the ADMK faction headed by MGR's wife Janaki. He contested from Uthiramerur constituency in 1989 state assembly elections ending up with fourth position.[1][3] During the 1999 parliamentary elections, he got a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) ticket and won from Arakkonam constituency. He started a Vanniyar caste based party called Veera Vanniyar Peravai in 2004, which in August 2004, became Jananayaga Munnetra Kazhagam. He supported the Congress-DMK combine during the 2004 general elections, but did not contest. In 2009, he merged the party with DMK.[3] He won the 2009 election from Arakkonam constituency as a candidate of DMK by defeating Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) candidate and former Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu in Arakkonam.[1][4] He became the minister of state for information and broadcasting and later went on to become the minister of new and renewable energy in November 2012.[5] He did not take charge as a minister and after talks with Karunanidhi, the party chief, he was allocated the portfolio of Commerce and industry on 2 November 2012.[2] DMK pulled out of the ruling UPA on 20 March 2013 following widespread protests in Tamil Nadu against the central government for not taking up the concerns of Tamils in Sri Lanka in the UN resolution against the alleged human rights violation against Tamils by Sri Lankan government. Jagathrakshakan resigned his ministerial post along with other members of the party.[6][7]

Jagathrakshakan got married to Anusuya on 9 September 1973 and the pair have a son and a daughter. He has visited and been part of visiting delegation to various countries. His primary interests are providing education to the down-trodden, helping orphans and physically challenged. He started a research organisation called Alwarkal aaiyuvumaiyam dedicated to the promotion of Tamil culture and art. He has authored 30 books, one of which was released by Mother Teresa. His favourite past times include playing volleyball.[1]

Elections contested and positions held[edit]

Elections Constituency Party contested Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1980 Uthiramerur ADMK Won 48.44 S.Ramadoss INC 46.67[8]
Indian general election, 1984 Chengalpattu ADMK Won 54.09 M.V.Ramu DMK 43.5[9]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1989 Uthiramerur ADMK (Janaki) Lost 9.89 K. Sundar DMK 34.71[10]
Indian general election, 1999 Arakkonam DMK Won 47.72 K. V. Thangkabalu INC 34.55[11]
Indian general election, 2009 Arakkonam DMK Won 48.66 R. Velu PMK 35.79[12]
Indian general election, 2014 Sriperumbudur DMK Lost 36.4 K. N. Ramachandran AIADMK 42.21[13]
  • 1984: Elected to Tamil Nadu State Assembly for the 1st time; Chairman of Environment Committee
  • 1985-1989: Elected to Lok Sabha (eighth) for the first time; Leader of ADMK Parliamentary party
  • 1987–88: Member of committee of official languages
  • 1999-2004: Elected to Lok Sabha (thirteenth) for the second time
  • 1999-2000: Member of committee of external affairs and human resources development
  • 2000 onwards: Member of consultative committee of the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises
  • May 2009: Elected to Lok Sabha (Fifteenth) for the third time
  • June 2009-28 October 2012:Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting[5]
  • 28 Oct 2012– 1 Nov 2013:Minister of state, New and Renewable energy[1]
  • 2 Nov 2012– 20 Mar 2013:Minister of state, Commerce and Industry[2]

Controversies[edit]

Jakathrakshakan is alleged to have garnered a distillery license using his political clout during his second tenure as MP in 1999. There were also allegations in the discrepancy of age in his election affidavit and his university website. After becoming a minister of information and broadcasting, there were allegations that he was trying to float a TV channel and an English newspaper, both of which were not established.[3]

Multifold increase in personal wealth[edit]

As per official declaration, his assets has increased from 5 Crore in 2009 to 70 crores in 2011. This is the highest percentage rise for property among all ministers in the central cabinet.[14][15]

Capitation fee sting operation[edit]

In a sting operation conducted by Times of India in June 2009, it was exposed that his Bharat Medical college collected 20 lakh rupees for MBBS admission in violation of Supreme Court order and State legislation.[16] Bharat university was one of 44 black-listed universities of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The university continues to function under the Sundeep Aaand, his son and chancellor-president of the university.[3]

Coal mining scam allegations[edit]

Main article: Coal mining scam

In September 2012, several news reports alleged that his family is a part of a company named JR Power Gen Pvt Ltd which was awarded a coal block in Orissa in 2007. It was the same company which formed a joint venture with a public sector company, Puducherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation (PIPDIC), on January 17, 2007. Barely five days after, PIPDIC was allotted a coal block. According to the MoU, JR Power enjoyed a stake in this allotment. However, JR Power had no expertise in thermal power, iron and steel, or cement, the key sectors for consumption of coal. Later, in 2010, JR Power sold 51% stake to KSK Energy Ventures, an established player with interests in the energy sector. The rights for the use of the coal block thus passed to KSK.[17][18] Reacting to this, Jagathrakshakan admitted to getting a coal block, and said that, "It is true that we got a coal allocation but it was a sub-contract with Puducherry government and then we gave it away to KSK company. Now, we have got nothing to do with the allocation but if the government wants to take back the allocation it can do so."[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biographical sketch at Indian Parliament website". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c PTI (2 November 2012). "Jagathrakshakan shifted to Commerce and Industry". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mohan, Gopu (8 September 2012). "The businessman-politician who finds himself in coal row". Chennai. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vellore voters prove predictions wrong". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 18 May 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Profile of Member of Parliament". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Ghildiyal, Subodh. "Alagiri snubs dad’s confidant". The Times of India (New Delhi). Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  7. ^ C., Raja Mohan (25 March 2013). "Sorry chapter of M K Alagiri performance as Union minister". The Indian Express (New Delhi). Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly general elections 1980, p. 38
  9. ^ Statistical report on Indian general elections 1984, p. 38
  10. ^ Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly general elections 1989, p. 260
  11. ^ Statistical report on Indian general elections 1999, p. 224
  12. ^ Statistical report on Indian general elections 2009, p. 344
  13. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 2014 to the 16th Lok Sabha". Election Commission of India. 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Declaration of assets and liabilities by members of Lok Sabha" (PDF). PM India. 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  15. ^ S, Karthick (23 May 2013). "Perks of power: India's less known but moneyed politicians". The Economic Times. 
  16. ^ Narayan, Pushpa (3 June 2009). "UPA minister's medical college wants Rs 20L donation". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Coalgate: Now, DMK leader in the dock". Zee News. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Coal scam: DMK minister comes under fire". Hindustan Times. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "UPA minister's kin linked to coal block allocation deal". Times of India. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 

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