P Nagarajan, Coimbatore: Here’s how AIADMK MP, who defected to Dinakaran faction, fared in Parliament


P Nagarajan completed 154 works under MPLADS during his tenure. Source: Lok Sabha

P Nagarajan was a first time MP from the Coimbatore constituency in 2014, winning on an ADMK ticket. Coimbatore constituency consists of six assembly constituencies — Singanallur, Sulur, Coimbatore South, Kavundampalayam, Palladam, Coimbatore North.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, P Nagarajan (AIADMK) defeated C P Radhakrishnan (BJP) by 42,016 votes. The constituency, with 17,20,221 voters, saw a voter turnout of 68.40 percent in the 2014 elections, of which Nagarajan secured 36.69 percent votes. P Nagarajan secured this victory on the back of a strong support base for his party in the Kongunad region of Tamil Nadu.

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Incidentally, P Nagarajan was among those who joined the breakaway faction of TTV Dinakaran from ADMK, and will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming elections.

Personal information

Name: P Nagarajan

Age: 57

Date of Birth: June 12, 1961

Sex: Male

Address: 23, Tank Street, P.O. Sarcarsamakulam, Coimbatore – 641107, Tamil Nadu

Phone: (0422) 2654118, 09443365747 (M)

Constituency: Coimbatore

Party:  All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Term: 2014-2019

Educational Qualifications: B.A., B.L. (Bachelor of Law), Government Arts College, Coimbatore; Madras Law College

No. of criminal cases: None

Assets & Liabilities (2014)

Movable assets Rs 55,56,545
Immovable assets Rs 2,87,50,000
Total Rs 3,43,06,545
Liabilities Rs 22,35,538

Source: myneta.info

Positions held

  • Member, Standing Committee, Home Affairs
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence

Source: Lok Sabha

MP Performance

The break up of the party and Nagarajan’s defection to the Dinakaran faction is believed to have marked his tenure with a high level of political uncertainty. P Nagarajan’s attendance and the number of questions raised in parliament has exceeded the state average. However, he fares poorly in participation in debates, having only taken part in only 28 debates in his five-year tenure. This is significantly lower than the national and state average. 

The issues he has raised in Parliament have mostly been related to his constituency of Coimbatore. He has participated in debates concerning the expansion of Coimbatore airport, exemption of excise duty for the manufacturing industries in the city, building of railway overbridge in the constituency and other such local issues.

On issues of national interest, the MP has  participated in debates on price rise and flood and drought situations across the nation.

MPs Attendance No of Debates No of questions asked Private Member’s Bill
P Nagarajan 80% 28 594 0
National Average 80% 67.1 293 2.3
State (TN) average 78% 46.6 453 0

Source: PRS Legislative Research

Some of the key debates the MP has participated in are as follows:

MP in News

The long sought after train facility between Coimbatore and Bengaluru, the Uday Express, was flagged off during his tenure. The demand had been in place by the residents of Coimbatore, many who have to travel to Bengaluru for work, over the years as the numbers grew.

His election in 2014 by the lowest margin of victory for an ADMK candidate resulted in a shake up within the ranks of the party, with the resignation of then Coimbatore Mayor SM Velusamy.

P Natarajan was vocal in protest against the delay in Cauvery Water Management Board. He offered to quit the Lok Sabha as a mark of condemnation of the delay, stating that the Cauvery issue affects all Tamil people. He was one of 26 ADMK lawmakers suspended for launching protests for the same in Parliament.

MPLAD funds

Out of 25 crores allocated to Coimbatore constituency, P Nagarajan has completed 154 works which cost Rs 9,37,51,944.

The focus of the MPLAD fund spending has been in the fields of education, improvement of water supply, installation of RO plants, improving pavements and construction of bus shelters and rain shelters.

He has recommended 60 works worth Rs 5 crore that is yet to be processed by various government departments.

Recommended amount Rs 5,26,07,500
Sanctioned amount Rs 3,65,06,200
Utilised amount Rs 9,37,51,944

Some of the work carried out using the funds are as follows:

  • Construction of Bus Shelter at Kanuvai Village
  • Supply and installation of High Mast Light at Veerapandi
  • Construction of compound wall to the Government Boys Higher Secondary School at Sulur
  • Construction of over head tank of 1,00,000 litres capacity at Lakshmi Garden
  • Providing books to 20 libraries

Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, GOI

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