Poongothai Aladi Aruna

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Poongothai Aladi Aruna
Poongothai Aladi Aruna at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai 03.jpg
Poongothai Aladi Aruna at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai
Minister for Social Welfare and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
In office
13 May 2006 – 21 May 2008
Succeeded by Geetha Jeevan
Minister for Information Technology
In office
28 February 2009 – 15 May 2011
Preceded by M. Karunanidhi
Succeeded by R. B. Udhaya Kumar
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
25 May 2016 – Present
Preceded by P. G. Rajendran
Constituency Alangulam
Personal details
Born (1964-10-28) October 28, 1964 (age 53)
Chennai, Tamilnadu
Political party DMK
Spouse(s) V. Balaji
Parents Aladi Aruna
Occupation Gynaecologist, politician
As of 23 February, 2018

Poongothai Aladi Aruna is an Indian politician and former Information and Technology minister of Tamil Nadu under DMK ruling in 2006-2011. In 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly election she contested from Alangulam (State Assembly Constituency) and won the election with votes 88891.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of the late DMK minister Aladi Aruna. She was born in Chennai on 28 October 1964. She is a gynaecologist by profession and received part of her education in London.[1] She married Balaji Venugopal in the late 1980's. They have two daughters, Samantha and Kavya.

Electoral victories[edit]

She was given a ticket to contest in elections after her father's death. She was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as an Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from Alangulam constituency in 2006 elections.[2][3] She later went on to become Social Welfare minister in the current Tamil Nadu government.[4]

Social Welfare Minister[edit]

During her tenure as the Social Welfare Minister, Chief Minister Kalaignar M Karunanidhi announced the Two Egg scheme in the midday meals and now it is three times a day. The Physically challenged people were given high priority during this period to the extent of a complete survey, National ID Card, Government benefits and motorised vehicles. She had submitted her resignation on May 14 2008 following a controversy over her telephone conversation with the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption S.K. Upadhyay about a corruption case involving her relative [5]

IT Minister[edit]

In February 28, 2009 Poongathai Aladi Aruna was reinstated as Minister for Information Technology to the Government of Tamil Nadu. This is first time that Tamil Nadu Govt has a separate minister for Information Technology.[6]


In an audio CD released by Janata party president Subramanian Swamy on 13 May 2008, Poongothai is pleading with the Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption, SK Upadhyay to be soft on her relative, Jawahar. Jawahar is an electrical engineer in the Tamil Nadu electricity board and was caught accepting bribes. She later confirmed that the voice in that tape is really hers[7] and resigned from office accepting responsibility.[8]

Nira Radia Tapes[edit]

she has been involved in Nira Radia tapes published by outlook magazine.The conversation has Niira Radia explaining Poongothai Aladi Aruna, why Kanimozhi has made a mistake by refusing the MoS portfolio and how she now must remain friends with Azhagiri. “She should have taken the MoS, but she had her own views. Kani must learn to look after herself. This is politics and it is very cut throat, nobody is your friend, nobody is your enemy. I don’t know whether she feels that she's made a mistake and recognises it. Please, you must talk to her and tell her to be friend with Azarigiri. Trust me, it’s very important for them to remains friends.”[9]