N. Rangaswamy

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N. Rangasamy
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N. Rangasamy in March 2015
9th Chief Minister of Puducherry
Assumed office
7 May 2021
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded byPresident's Rule
In office
16 May 2011 – 6 June 2016
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded byV. Vaithilingam
Succeeded byV. Narayanasamy
ConstituencyIndira Nagar
In office
1 October 2006 – 4 September 2008
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byV. Vaithilingam
In office
27 October 2001 – 1 October 2006
Lieutenant Governor
Preceded byP Shanmugam
Succeeded byposition abolished
13th Leader of Opposition of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly
In office
16 May 2016 – 22 February 2021
Preceded byV. Vaithilingam
Succeeded byR. Siva
Minister of Agriculture, Pondicherry
In office
4 June 1991 – 13 May 1996
Chief MinisterV. Vaithilingam
Minister of Education, Pondicherry
In office
March 2000 – October 2001
Chief MinisterP. Shanmugam
President of All India N.R. Congress
Assumed office
7 February 2011
General SecretaryVacant
Preceded byposition created
Leader of House, Puducherry Legislative Assembly
Personal details
Natesan Krishnasamy Gounder. Rangasamy

(1950-08-04) 4 August 1950 (age 72)
Pondicherry, French India
Political partyAll India NR Congress (2011—present)
Other political
Indian National Congress (1990 - 2011)
Parent(s)Father : Natesan Krishnasamy Gounder
Mother : Panjali Ammal
Residence(s)No 9, Vinayagar Koil Street, Thilaspet, Puducherry, India

Natesan Krishnasamy Rangasamy (born 4 August 1950) is an Indian politician who is the Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry. He previously served as last Chief Minister of Pondicherry from 2001 to 2006 and first Chief Minister of Puducherry from 2006 to 2008 as a member of the Indian National Congress and then from 2011 to 2016 as a member of his own party, the All India N.R. Congress. He holds the record of becoming Chief Minister within three months after creating his own party. He also holds concessive record of becoming Chief Minister of Puducherry for fourth time.

Early life[edit]

Rangasamy was born on 4 August 1950 in Puducherry to parents Natesan Krishnasamy Gounder and Panchali Ammal in a Tamil family. He got his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Tagore Arts College and BL from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Puducherry.[1]

Prior to entering politics (before 1990), he served as an assistant to the Minister of Puducherry V Pethaperumal.

His first election was the contest at Thattanchavady constituency in 1990, he lost against V. Pethaperumal JD got 9,503 votes and N. Rangasamy got 8,521 votes.

He won the 1991 assembly election with an overwhelming majority and was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Co-operation. He was again re-elected to the same constituency in 1996. During 2000, he had adorned the office of the Minister for Tourism, Education, Public Works, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture. In the 2001 Assembly Election, he won from the Thattanchavady constituency and assumed office as Minister for Public Works, Agriculture and Forest. In the same year, he assumed office of the Chief Minister of Puducherry on 27 October.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

  • Elected Member of Legislative Assembly from Thattanchavady assembly constituency in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2021 and from Indiranagar in 2011 and 2016 and from Kathirkamam in 2011.
  • 1991 – Elected to Vidhan Sabha as a member of Indian National Congress.
  • 1991 - Appointed Agriculture Minister
  • 1996 – MLA
  • 2000 – Education Minister
  • 2001 to 2008 : Chief minister, as a member of Indian National Congress
  • 2011 - Quit Congress and founded his own party.
  • 2011 to 2016 – Chief Minister of Puducherry, as a member of N R Congress, a party he founded himself.
  • 2016 to 2021 – Leader of the Opposition
  • 2021 to present - Chief Minister of Puducherry, as part of NDA Alliance.
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During his first tenure as Chief Minister, various path breaking schemes for socio-economic development were implemented like ‘Perunthalaivar Kamarajar’ Housing Scheme for making the Union Territory of Puducherry a "Hut-free Zone", distribution of free text books, note books, rain coats, cycles, umbrellas, ‘Shri Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme’ under which hot milk and biscuits are provided to students of Govt. and Govt.-aided schools apart from mid-day meal scheme, free LPG connection with free stove and cylinder to BPL families, 50% concession on stamp duty for immovable property registered in the name of Women and full reimbursement of tuition fees for students selected through CENTAC for pursuing Medicine and Engineering courses.[2]

Chief Minister of Puducherry[edit]

The Chief Minister of Puducherry, Shri N. Rangaswamy calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on March 16, 2015

In Puducherry he was always called as People chief minister (makkal mudhalvar) due to noteworthy achievements in education including free education through good government schools, old age pension scheme, free reimbursements for professional and non-professional college students. He laid the foundation for the first government medical college at Kathirkamam. His welfare schemes include distribution of wheat through PDS for the poor diabetics who have crossed the age of 60, a Mid-day Meal Scheme and breakfast schemes for the poor school children and reimbursing the school and college tuition fees to students.[2] Rangaswamy resigned as Chief Minister on 28 August 2008; Indian National Congress had asked him to resign due to internal politics. After resigning from Indian National Congress, he started a new political party called All India NR Congress on 7 February 2011. Within three months, in the 2011 Legislative Assembly Elections, his party won 15 seats out of 17 seats it contested and its alliance partner, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam got 5 out of 10 seats it contested.

Elections contested and results[edit]

Year Constituency Result vote opponent vote margin
1990 Thattanchavady ☒N Lost 8521 V. Pethaperumal 9503 982
1991 Thattanchavady checkY Won 12,545 V. Pethaperumal 5285 7260
1996 Thattanchavady checkYWon 9989 V. Pethaperumal 7699 2290
2001 Thattanchavady checkYWon 14,323 V. Pethaperumal 8769 5554
2006 Thattanchavady checkYWon 27,024 T. Gunasekaran 2026 24,998
2011 Kadirgamam checkYWon 16,323 V. Pethaperumal 6566 9757
2011 Indira Nagar checkYWon 20,685 V. Aroumougam A.K.D 4008 16,677
2016 Indira Nagar checkYWon 15,463 V. Aroumougam A.K.D. 12,059 3404
2021 Yanam[3][4][5] ☒N Lost 16,475 Gollapalli Srinivas Ashok 17,131 656
2021 Thattanchavady checkY Won 12,978 K. Sethu @ Sethu Selvam 7522 5456


  1. ^ "N Rangasamy". www.oneindia.com. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rangasamy's clean image helped him humble Congress in Puducherry". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Independent wins Yanam assembly seat | Visakhapatnam News - Times of India".
  4. ^ "Yanam Election Result 2021 Live Updates: Gollapalli Srinivas Ashok of IND Wins". 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ "என்.ஆர், காங்கிரஸ் தலைவர் ரங்கசாமி ஏனாம் தொகுதியில் தோல்வி || NR congress rangasamy loss yanam constituency". 2 May 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Puducherry
27 October 2001 – 4 September 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Minister of Puducherry
16 May 2011 – 6 June 2016
Succeeded by