Thursday, July 2, 2015

P. Seenivasan 3 times MLA, Speaker Tamilnadu Assembly (defeted Kamaraj Nadar)

Mr. Seenivasan, who was a student leader in 1967, at the age of 25 he contested from the Virudhunagar constituency on the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ticket and defeated Congress stalwart K. Kamaraj Nadar by a margin of 1,285 votes.

Born at Appaiya Naickerpatti near Srivilliputtur [now in Virudhunagar district], Mr Seenivasan had his education in Madurai and Madras. He took part in the anti-Hindi agitations in the 1960s and was arrested thrice. He was again elected from Virudhunagar in 1971. Mr. Seenivasan later became the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly. He served as the Deputy Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 24th March 1971 to 9th March 1974 (He performed the duties of Speaker from 2nd December 1972 to 3rd August 1973). He was again elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly in 1989, defeating  Ayyappan, father of famous actress Sridevi.

On both occasions, he was in the DMK.Mr. Seenivasan was in the Congress for a brief period. At the time of death, he was in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. 

A leading light of the anti-Hindi agitation that rocked the state in 1965, Srinivasan emerged as a giant killer when he defeated late K Kamaraj in his home turf of Virudunagar in the 1967 assembly lections in Tamil Nadu, which saw the end of Congress rule in the state.As a student leader, he spearheaded the anti-Hindi agitation in which several people were killed in police firing. He became deputy speaker of the assembly in 1971.
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