P. T. R. Palanivel Rajan

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P.T.R. Palanivel Rajan
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Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded by R. Muthiah
Succeeded by K. Kalimuthu
Constituency Madurai West
Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
In office
Constituency Madurai Central
Personal details
Born (1932-02-27)February 27, 1932
Theni, Madras Presidency, British India
Died May 20, 2006(2006-05-20) (aged 74)
Political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) Rukmini
Relations P.T.Rajan
Children Palanivel Thiagarajan
Parents P. T. R. Palanivel Rajan
Religion Hinduism

Ponnambala Thyaga Rajan Palanivel Rajan (27 February 1932 – 20 May 2006) was an Indian politician.[1]

He graduated in Political Science from the prestigious Madras Christian College and then studied Law at Madras Law College and was a practising lawyer before entering politics in 1967 when he joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.He was first elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Theni in 1967 and was reelected in 1971.He was elected in 1996 from the Madurai West Constituency. In 2001 he was defeated by 708 votes after M. K. Alagiri worked against him and other DMK candidates.[2][3]He was earlier elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council. He has served as the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2001.[4]He was elected from Madurai Central and was the Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments in the Government of Tamil Nadu at the time of his death on May 20, 2006 at the age of 74. His family was instrumental in the reconstruction of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple after a fire destroyed it over a century ago. Madurai Kamaraj University conferred the Doctor of Law on him (Honoris Causa) in 1997.[5][6]

His father P. T. Rajan was a had served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. His son Dr. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan is currently the MLA for Madurai Central Constituency in the 15th Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu.


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  2. ^ "Alagiri's roller-coaster ride". The Hindu. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Alagiri derails DMK's dream trip in TN!". Daily Pioneer. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Speakers of Tamil Nadu since 1952". assembly.tn.gov.in. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "18th canal to be named after Palanivel Rajan". The Hindu. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Man with 'tilak' in a rationalist party". OneIndia. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2016.