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Thursday, April 3, 2014

the man of many symbols - this time in 'Hand' at Ramanathapuram....

Almost all my posts are my own thoughts ….there are some which get influenced by the newspaper articles and this one … totally influenced (almost reproduction of article in The Hindu – Tamil edition)

Even regular cinema buff may not remember this 1992 released film ‘Agni Paarvai’ or its hero – the heroine was Saranya ….and in the election melee, there are symbols and free symbols … do you know or remember that there was a time in TN when a majority party (split at that instance) contested election on ‘cock’ and ‘two doves’ symbols…..

In mid 2002, there was a Cabinet reshuffle – 13 news faces were brought in in what was called a big expansion of council of ministers.  A total of four new cabinet ministers were sworn in:  Jana  K. Krishnamoorty, Shatrughan Sinha, Sahib Singh Verma from BJP and Balasaheb Vikhe Patil of Shiv Sena  who  was upgraded to the cabinet rank from a minister of state. Twelve portfolios were also changed, the biggest being the swap between Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha. Singh became the new Finance Minister and Sinha moved to the Ministry of External Affairs ~ and this man too had his chance then…

It is all about ‘S Thirunavukkarasu’ [subburaman Thirunavukkarasar], the former Union Minister,  a native of Aranthangi,  has been fielded in the Ramanathapuram constituency as Congress candidate in which he joined in 2009.
His rise was meteoric – way back in MGR Government in 1977-1980, he was the Deputy Speaker of the TN Legislative Assembly; was the State Minister from 1980-87….. he  was once elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh when in BJP and resigned after joining Congress.   Here  are some excerpts from an interesting article read in The Hindu – Tamil – Chennai edition.   the many symbols

It credits dubious distinction to the Congress nominee from Ramanathapuram Su Thirunavukkarasar, who has been in active politics since 1977 debuting in AIADMK in ‘twin leaves’ symbol.   He contested in the same symbol in 1980 & 1984 and won too.    when the party split after the death of MGR, in 1989 he contested in ‘Cock’ seval representing ADMK (J).  In 1991, he started his ‘Anna Puratchi Thalaivar MGR Makkal munnetra kazhagam’ and contested in ‘Umbrella’ symbol and won too.  1996 saw him contesting in ‘twin leaves’ representing AIADMK ~ in 1998, he floated MGR ADMK aligned with Congress – contested  from Pudukkottai constituency in ‘mangoe’ symbol but lost.   In 1999 in the same Pudukkottai, he was in DMK-BJP alliance contesting on ‘Ring’ symbol’. 

Later he was to merge with BJP, was a Central Minister too, contested Ramanathapuram in 2009 in BJP’s ‘Lotus’…….. in the 2011 Assembly elections, he stood in Aranthangi, this time in Congress ticket in ‘Hand’ symbol…. Thus…… the report says he has contested using : ‘7 symbols’ – perhaps outnumbering other rivals on this count !!!!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
3rd April 2014.

News and photo credit : The Hindu Tamil edition.

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