V. R. Nedunchezhiyan

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V. R. Nedunchezhiyan
வி. ஆர். நெடுஞ்செழியன்
2nd, 8th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
24 December 1987 - 7 January 1988
Preceded by M. G. Ramachandran
Succeeded by Janaki Ramachandran
In office
3 February 1969 - 10 February 1969
Preceded by C.N. Annadurai
Succeeded by Karunanidhi
Personal details
Born 11 July 1920
Tanjore district,
Madras Presidency,
British India
Died January 12, 2000(2000-01-12) (aged 79)
Tamil Nadu,
Political party AIADMK, DMK
Spouse(s) Visalakshi
Religion Hinduism

V.R. Nedunchezhiyan (11 July 1920 – 12 January 2000) was a Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, India,He was appointed chief minister of Tamil Nadu in two tenures (3 February 1969 – 10 February 1969 and 24 December 1987 – 7 January 1988). Nedunchezhiyan was a minister under the governments of C. N. Annadurai, M. Karunanidhi, M. G. Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa. He was perennial No.2 man in ADMK during the reins of M.G. Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa. A orator par-excellence, he earned the sobriquet "Navalar" (One of powerful tongue").

He was born at Thirukkannapuram and was initiated into politics during his days at Annamalai University.[1] He joined the Dravidar Kazhagam party in 1944, but, along with C. N. Annadurai, moved away to form the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 1949.[1]

He died of heart failure in hospital on 12 January 2000. He was survived by his wife, Visalakshi, and a son.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Nedunchezhiyan dies of heart failure". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 March 2013.