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Puducherry Elections 2021: Hot seat - Raj Bhavan

A detailed look at the problems plaguing the constituency in Puducherry

Published: 01st April 2021 03:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st April 2021 03:01 AM   |  A+A-

N Rangasamy campaigning in Puducherry | G PATTABI RAMAN

By Express News Service

A detailed look at the problems plaguing the constituency in Puducherry

Voters
Male 12,227
Female 4,100
transpersons 2
Total 16,329

Past elections

2016  K Lakshminarayanan of INC defeated P Kannan of AIADMK 
2011 K Lakshminarayanan of INC defeated M Saravana Kumar of AIADMK
2006 S P Sivakumar of DMK defeated P K Devadoss of Puducherry Munnetra Congress
2001 S. P Sivakumar of DMK defeated A Gandhiraj of INC
1996 S.P Sivakumar of DMK defeated A Gandhiraj of INC
1991 A Gandhiraj of INC defeated S P Sivakumar of DMK
1990 S P Sivakumar of DMK defeated L Joseph Mariodass of INC

  • Sivakumar first won the seat in 1990, by defeating  former Education Minister L  Joseph Mariodass (INC). Mariodass won in 1985 from INC and in 1980 from DMK.  However, Sivakumar lost the seat to former Education Minister A Gandhiraj, a year later(in 1991). Sivakumar won in 1990, 1996, 2001, and 2006
  • Lakshminarayanan on the other hand won from Cassicade constituency in 2001 and 2006 , before Cassicade was merged with Raj Bhavan post delimitation. Lakshminarayanan won from Raj Bhavan in 2011 and 2016
  • Both Lakshminarayanan and S P Sivakumar are four-time MLAs, who will battle to win the seat for the fifth time.  Lakshminarayanan will be seeking fifth consecutive win
  • It is one of the smallest constituency and the voters are mixed . Professionals from trading and business community, street dwellers, fishermen, and slum dwellers constitute the electorate . In addition to this, there is a sizable minority population and a large section of ashram devotees here

Know your constituency

  • K Lakshminarayanan, former Education Minister  who won in 2016 on  INC ticket  is contesting as All India NR Congress (AINRC)candidate  in NDA-alliance 
  • His opponent is S. P Sivakumar, who is also the former Education Minister  is contesting as the DMK nominee in Congress-DMK alliance 
  • They take on each other for the first time in the constituency 
  • Sivakumar has won the seat in 1996, 2001 and 2006,  and after delimitation of constituencies in 2006.  K Lakshminarayanan of INC had won the seat in 2011 and  2016, since  the seat went to Congress in Congress-DMK alliance
  • Nine candidates are in the fray, including one each of MNM, AMMK , NTK and independent candidates

Demands

  •  Better drinking water supply as the water is contaminated by sea water
  •  Strengthening infrastructure
  •  Arresting coastal erosion in the region through artificial sand nourishment
  •  Parking facilities as the roads are congested due to unplanned parking by locals and tourists
  •  Laying of roads which are in bad shape at several places in the region
  •  Housing for the poor population
  •  Employment for the youngsters to put a stop to antisocial activities
  •  Enhancement of Old Age pension
  •  Regulation of fee in private schools


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