M. A. Ayyangar

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Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar
2nd Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
8 March 1956 – 16 April 1962
Deputy Sardar Hukam Singh
Preceded by Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar
Succeeded by Sardar Hukam Singh
Member of the India Parliament
for Tirupathi
In office
Preceded by None
Succeeded by C Dass
Personal details
Born February 4, 1891
Thiruchanoor, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Died March 19, 1978(1978-03-19) (aged 87)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Choodammal
Profession Politician

Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar (4 February 1891 – 19 March 1978) was the first Deputy Speaker and then Speaker of Lok Sabha in the Indian Parliament. He was Governor of Bihar also.

He was born in Thiruchanoor, Chittoor district of Madras Presidency.

He was teacher in Mathematics and later became a lawyer between 1915 -1950. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi he participated actively in Indian Freedom Struggle and was jailed twice.

He was elected as member of Central Legislative Assembly in 1934. He was elected to the first Lok Sabha from Tirupathi and to the second Lok Sabha from Chittoor constituencies in 1952 and 1956 respectively.

He was elected in 1948 as Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha with Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar as the Speaker. After the death of Mavalankar in 1956, he was elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha. Dowry prohibition act 1961 was passed by joint session of parliament with MA Ayyankar as speaker. He worked as Governor of Bihar between 1962 and 1967.

A life size bronze statue of this celebrated statesman was erected at his hometown Tirupathi in 2007.[1]

Personal life[edit]

M A Ayyangar was born on 4 February 1891 in the village of Thiruchanur, near the world-famous temple town Tirupati, in Chittoor district. His father was M Venkatavaradhachariar. Ayyangar married Choodammal in 1919, with whom he had four sons and eight daughters.[2]


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