Constituency round-up : Alandur to see fight between two-time MLA, former social welfare minister and entrepreneur

Despite induction into GCC limits, Alandur residents complain of glaring civic gaps. What are the main issues? And who are the MLA candidates this time?

Alandur constituency has several localities that promise low cost of living. As a result, there is a significant population of lower middle class and economically weaker families in these areas. The other dominant population here is that of software engineers working in the hubs of OMR and ECR. Localities such as Nanganallur are close to these hubs. 

Many temples dot the Alandur constituency much like Mylapore. Alandur is a peripheral constituency. Just 4 km from the airport, it also borders another junction of the city and an industrial hub Guindy. St Thomas Mount is the closest railway station. Velachery, another prime locality of Chennai, a gateway to eastern Chennai and a technical hub, is again just 4 km away.

Though Alandur constituency was merged into Greater Chennai Corporation in 2011, these localities are still fighting for basic amenities such as proper sewage network and good roads. Iyyappanthangal, Alandur, Mugalivakam, Kolapakkam, Cowl bazaar, St. Thomas mount, Adambakkam, Palavanthangal and Nanganallur are the main areas falling within the constituency.

Representational image: Meenambakkam RTO office at Alandur. Pic: Laasya Shekhar

Voter base

  • Total number of voters: 167346 (excluding postal votes)
  • Male Voters: 85654
  • Female voters: 81668
  • Third gender: 24
  • Polling percentage: 63.57%

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Incumbent MLA

  • Name: Anbarasan T.M (DMK). T.M Anbarasan is a member of the DMK party. He won twice from the same seat on a DMK ticket in 2006 and 2016.  During his first tenure, Anbarasan served as the Minister of Labour in Karunanidhi’s cabinet.  
  • Party: DMK
  • Age: 56
  • Name Enrolled as Voter in: Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu) constituency , at Serial no 576 in Part no 191
  • Contact Number: 9444010354
  • No of criminal cases:  3


Promises made

Construction of public libraries, restoration of Adambakkam lake, completing the construction of two MRTS stations and renovating roads across the constituency were his prominent promises in the last elections, said Mani K Ram, a long time resident.

Read more: Will ensure better waste management, public gyms and libraries: T M Anbarasan, Alandur MLA

In the news

  • On September 29, 2011, the Directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption raided the Kundrathur residence of former DMK Minister and current MLA, T M Anbarasan in connection with a disproportionate assets complaint. Few other former DMK ministers Veerapandi S Arumugam, KN Nehru and NKKP Raja were also arrested on land grabbing charges by the DVAC under continued suppression. 
  • Alandur MLA T M Anbarasan was in the news when he listed out the developmental projects he had spearheaded for Alandur constituency. Summing up his performance as a legislator, he listed construction of the new sewage pumping station, expansion of the metro water project and replacement of sodium vapour lamps with LEDs as a few of his achievements.

2016 election results

PartyCandidateVotes acquiredPercentage of votes polled
DMKAnbarasan T.M96,877 44.64
AIADMKRamachandran S77,70835.81
PMKSrinivasan R7,1943.32
Source: Citizen Matters

Know your candidates

S. NoNamePartyAgeEducation/OccupationCriminal Cases
1T M AnbarasanDMK61Class eleven/ agriculture3 pending cases (zero convictions)
2B ValarmathiAIADMK62SSLC/ Social workerNone
3Dr R SureshBhartiya Manavadhikaar Federal party57Not updatedNone
4G KamalakannanTamil Nadu Illangyar party34MBA/ salaried employeeNone
5Sarathbabu EMakkal Needhi Maiam42MBA/EntrepreneurNone
6Ashok Kumar MIndependent3412th standard/ Salaried employeeNone
7S AnbarasuIndependent4310th standard/ LabourerNone
8Dr R KarthikeyanNaam Tamilar Katchi33MDS/ DentistNone
9M Mohammed Thameem AnsariSocial Democratic Party of India3910th standard/ BusinessmanNone
10J VincentRepublican Party of India (Athawale)36Diploma / DriverNone
11A AbrahamlinconIndependent36B.Th/ PastorNone
12C SaravananIndependent41VVA/ Insurance agentNone
13SubhasreeAnnaithu Makkal Arasiyal Katchi40BBA/ nilNone
14K SaravananIndependent2910th standard/ Vegetable vendorNone
15S V SaravananIndependent31Not updatedNone
16Nithyanandam SIndependent359th standard/ labourerNone
17S SridharIndependent45Not updatedNone
18M ValarmathiIndependent41class six/ social workerNone
19Sathiaraj PIndependent32class ten / labourerNone
20Anbarasan EIndependent55Class ten/ real estate businessNone
21Anbarasan MIndependent36Class eight/ Auto driverNone
22Ali MohammedIndependent46BA/ real estate businessNone
23B RajiIndependent30MA BL/ AdvocateNone
24P SathiyarajIndependent32Class ten/ labourerNone
25Rajesh ChinnaduraiNational Democratic party of South India33MBA/ BusinessmanNone
26N RajaDesiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi36MA Mphil/ Yoga instructorNone
Source: ECI. To know more about the candidates, check their affidavits here.

Read more: Will use my experience to create jobs and upskill youth: Sarathbabu Elumalai, MNM, Alandur MLA candidate

Key issues

  • Connected with vehicular subways at Palavanthangal and Meenambakkam that are inundated even after a short spell of rain, the constituency is in dire need of solutions. “These subways were constructed decades ago. To ride on GST Road from Nanganallur or Meenambakkam during rains is a pain, as these subways have waist-deep water then. And as the excess water flows on to the road, residents living close by suffer,” said M Bharat Kumar, a senior journalist and a Nanganallur resident. 
  • The plan to restore Adambakkam lake is decades old but the project has run into many roadblocks, known and unknown, especially in getting funds from the state government and involving various stakeholder government departments. “The lake has been prone to severe encroachments and its area has shrunk from 80 to 8 acres over the decades. Whatever remains is also completely neglected as the water is contaminated with domestic and industrial waste discharge,” Sreeram M, a resident said. 
  • Nanganallur, a locality in the constituency, has many prominent temples such as the Nanganallur Anjaneya temple. However, the lack of adequate public transport services has hampered connectivity.  “There are very few bus routes that are operational, apart from which, other alternatives like shared autos or buses at nominal fares need to be introduced. A lot of small bus services were cancelled a year ago,” Shankar R, a resident said. 
  • According to a report in The New Indian Express, Iyyappanthangal suffers the ill effects of rapid urbanisation, where many basic amenities are also lacking. With an increase in encroachment of roads and water bodies, regular households face the consequences of water stagnation on encroached areas and traffic congestion. Dengue is common, and some residents even complained of contamination of groundwater.

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