Elections in Tamil Nadu

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Former Governor-General of India, Sri Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, with M.Karunanidhi (right) and Chief Minister of Madras C. N. Annadurai (left) in January 1968

Elections in Tamil Nadu are conducted every five years to elect the State assembly and its share of members to the Lok Sabha. There are 234 assembly constituencies and 39 Lok Sabha constituencies. The state has conducted 15 assembly elections and 16 Lok Sabha elections since independence.

Assembly constituencies[edit]

Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly constituencies. The Chief Minister of the state is elected by legislators of the political party or coalition commanding an assembly majority, and serves a five-year term with a provision of re-election. The Governor is the head of state, but his or her role is largely ceremonial.


The Lok Sabha is the directly elected lower house of the Parliament of India. As of 2014 there have been sixteen Lok Sabhas elected by the people of India. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Pre-Independence elections[edit]

Madras Presidency Legislative Council election[edit]

Year Election Winning Party/Coalition Leader Elected Chief Minister (Party) Opposition Opposition Leader
1920 First Presidency Council Justice Party (India) P. Theagaroya Chetty A. Subbarayalu Reddiar (Justice Party) Independents n/a
1923 Second Presidency Council Justice Party (India) P. Theagaroya Chetty A. Subbarayalu Reddiar (Justice Party) Anti-ministerial
1926 Third Presidency Council Swaraj Party S. Srinivasa Iyengar P. Subbarayan (Nonpartisan) Justice Party (India) Raja of Bobbili
1930 Fourth Presidency Council Justice Party (India) P. Munuswamy Naidu P. Munuswamy Naidu (Justice Party) Independent Nationalist Party P. Subbarayan
1934 Fifth Presidency Council Swaraj Party Sathyamurthy Raja of Bobbili (Justice Party) Justice Party (India) Raja of Bobbili



Madras Presidency Legislative Assembly election[edit]

Year Election Winning Party/Coalition Chief Minister Opposition Opposition Leader
1937 First Assembly Indian National Congress* C. Rajagopalachari Justice Party (India) Raja of Bobbili
1946 Second Assembly Indian National Congress 1) T. Prakasam
2) Omandur Ramaswamy Reddiar
3) P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja
All-India Muslim League Muhammad Ismail

Post-Independence elections[edit]

Madras State Legislative Assembly election[edit]

The Madras state was created in 1950 when India became a republic. In 1968, the name of Madras state was changed to Tamil Nadu.

Year Election Winning Party/Coalition Chief Minister
1952 First Assembly Indian National Congress* 1) C. Rajagopalachari
2) K. Kamaraj
1957 Second Assembly Indian National Congress K. Kamaraj(2)
1962 Third Assembly Indian National Congress 1)K. Kamaraj(3)
2) M. Bakthavatsalam
1967 Fourth Assembly Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 1) C.N. Annadurai
2) M. Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election[edit]

Stacked bar graph with number of seats won in the legislative assembly elections from 1957-2011
Year Election Winning Party/Coalition Chief Minister
1971 Fifth Assembly Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M. Karunanidhi (2)
1977 Sixth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M.G. Ramachandran
1980 Seventh Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M.G. Ramachandran (2)
1984 Eighth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M.G. Ramachandran (3)
Janaki Ramachandran
1989 Ninth Assembly Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M. Karunanidhi (3)
1991 Tenth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
ADMK-164; ADMK+ 225/234
DMK-2, DMK+ 7/234)
J. Jayalalithaa
1996 Eleventh Assembly Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(DMK + Tamil Manila + CPI = 221/234;
ADMK - 4 seats)
M. Karunanidhi (4)
2001 Twelfth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
ADMK+ 196/234
ADMK-132, TMC-23, PMK-20, INC-7
DMK+ 37; DMK-31
J. Jayalalithaa (2)
O. Panneerselvam
J. Jayalalithaa (3)
2006 Thirteenth Assembly Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
DMK+ 163/234, DMK-96, INC-34, PMK-18
AIADMK+ 69/234, ADMK-61/69
M. Karunanidhi (5)
2011 Fourteenth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
AIADMK+ 203/234, ADMK-150/203, DMDK-29
CPI/M 10+9
DMK+ 31 (DMK-23, INC-5, PMK-3)
J. Jayalalithaa (4)
O. Paneerselvam (2)
J. Jayalalithaa (5)
2016 Fifteenth Assembly Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam + 134
DMK+ 98
NTK 0
PWF 0
J. Jayalalithaa (6)
O. Paneerselvam (3)
Edappadi K. Palaniswami

END

  • Note: In 1952, no party could form a majority, which resulted in the first government in the state that was formed without a majority.

†: Indicates a coalition government, since no single party could gain a majority of seats.

By-elections[edit]

Election Year Winning Party/Coalition Seats Won - Seats Lost
1997–98 DMK 3-0
1999–2000 DMK-MADMK 3-2
2002–03 AIADMK 5-0
2004–05 AIADMK 2-1
2006–07 DMK-INC 2-0
2009–10 DMK-INC 9-0

Election Maps (1977-2016)[edit]

Lok Sabha elections[edit]

Stacked bar graph with number of seats won in the Lok Sabha elections from 1957-2009

15 Lok Sabha elections have been contested in India since independence starting 1951. The elections held in Tamil Nadu are listed below.

Year Lok Sabha Election Winning Party/Coalition
1951 First Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1957 Second Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1962 Third Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1967 Fourth Lok Sabha United Front (DMK/SWA/CPM/ML)*
1971 Fifth Lok Sabha Congress (Indira) alliance (DMK/INC/CPI/FBL/ML)
1977 Sixth Lok Sabha Congress (Indira) alliance (ADMK/INC/CPI)* 34/39;
1980 Seventh Lok Sabha Congress (Indira) alliance (DMK/INC/ML) - 37/39, AIADMK - 2 seats
1984 Eighth Lok Sabha Congress alliance (ADMK/INC) - 37 out of 39 seats
1989 Ninth Lok Sabha Congress alliance (ADMK/INC) - 38/39
1991 Tenth Lok Sabha Congress alliance (ADMK/INC) - 39/39 seats
1996 Eleventh Lok Sabha United Front (DMK/TMC/CPI) - 39/39 seats
1998 Twelfth Lok Sabha National Democratic Alliance (ADMK/BJP/PMK/MDMK/JP/TRC) - 30/39, DMK+TMC= 8-9 seats
1999 Thirteenth Lok Sabha National Democratic Alliance (DMK/BJP/PMK/MDMK/MADMK) - 26/39 seats
2004 Fourteenth Lok Sabha Democratic Progressive Alliance (DMK/INC/PMK/MDMK/CPI/CPM) - 39/39
2009 Fifteenth Lok Sabha United Progressive Alliance (DMK/INC/VCK) 27 out of 39; ADMK - 10-12 seats
2014 Sixteenth Lok Sabha All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - 37/39
  • Note: In 1967, DMK and its 25 newly elected MPs supported the Congress, under Indira Gandhi after the election.
  • Note: Even though ADMK supported and campaigned with Congress for the 1977 election, after the loss nationally, ADMK and its newly elected 17 MPs supported Morarji Desai and the Janata Party and its alliance, giving them 20 seats (ADMK, NCO) while the other 17 seats (INC, CPI) and 2 seats (DMK) were in the opposition with Indira Gandhi.

Election Maps (1977-2014)[edit]

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