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Tamil Nadu Administration

The Government of Tamil Nadu, having its administrative central office at Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the core of the state governance. In Chennai, the administrative units are housed at the historic Fort St George building complex.

Edappadi K. Palaniswami took oath as Tamil Nadu’s 29th Chief Minister on 17th February 2017.

Tamil Nadu featured a two-chambered legislative assembly until the year 1986. Subsequently, it was substituted with a unicameral legislative assembly, succeeding the other states across the country.
Structure of the Tamil Nadu Constitution

Tamil Nadu Assembly

Like the other state administrations across the country, the Governor is the constitutional head of Tamil Nadu while the Chief Minister is the head of the government and leads the council of ministers. The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court is the head of the judiciary.

Tamil Nadu comprises 40 Lok Sabha constituencies and 234 Legislative Assembly constituencies. Furthermore, the state is carved up into 32 districts, which are further divided into revenue divisions, taluks, firkas, revenue villages, municipal corporations, municipalities, panchayat unions, town panchayats and village panchayats for the purpose of extended administration.

Adoption of New-Age Administration Model

Tamil Nadu has been a pioneering state of E-Governance initiatives in India. The state has adopted the new-age governing model of e-Governance in various departments. Some of the sectors where e-Governance is now in practice are revenue, legislature, judiciary, or administration for improving internal efficiency in public services.

Present Government & Administrators of Tamil Nadu

  • His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit is the constitutional head of the state.
  • Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami  the head of the elected Government and heads the Council of Ministers.
  • Hon’ble Justice Indira Banerjee is the Chief Justice of Madras High Court
  • Thiru Girija Vaidyanathan, is the Chief Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu took dynamic participation in the pre-independence politics of the nation. The budding desire for independence was spreading throughout the country, and it impacted in Tamil Nadu bringing forth numerous volunteers to the fight against the British colonial power in the fight for independenc. Notable among these are Tiruppur Kumaran, Aurobindo Ghosh (Pondicherry), Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Subramanya Siva, V.V.V Aiyar, and V.O. Chidambaram Pillai. Finally, India got her freedom in 1947, and Tamil Nadu got the separate status of a state in the Indian Union.

Emergence of Dravidian Parties

The political scenario of Tamil Nadu was dominated by the Congress Party after 1947, which gave way to the Dravidian populist mobilization in the 1960s. Since 1967, the regional political parties took active participation in the state politics. In 1967, DMK won the state election. DMK split into two in 1971, with MGR forming the splinter All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Since then these two parties have dominated the politics of Tamil Nadu. AIADMK, under MGR retained control of the State Government over three consecutive assembly elections in 1977, 1980 and 1984. After MGR's death, AIADMK was split over the succession between various contenders. Eventually, J. Jayalalithaa took over the leadership of AIADMK. Since 1967, the state has been under the rule of either Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) or All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). In 2006, assembly election, DMK led alliance comprising the Congress, the PMK and the Left Front, came to the power.

Present Political Scenario

In the 2011 assembly election, AIADMK party, continuing its alliance with the Left Front and also with new allies like Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), stormed back to power, winning 202 seats. The seat tallies were AIADMK alone winning 150. Jayalalithaa was sworn in as Chief Minister for the 3rd time.

Rise of Caste-based Political Parties

It is important to consider that since the year 1990, caste-based political parties are on the rise in the state and gaining minor electoral success tardily splitting the vote banks of the major political parties like DMK and AIADMK.

This is a general overview of the political scenario of the state and how Tamil Nadu is marching towards as a developed and prosperous state in the nation offering stable and well administration to the public.

Major Political Parties of Tamil Nadu

  • AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
  • DMK - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
  • MDMK - Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
  • PMK - Pattali Makkal Katchi
  • DMDK - Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam
  • Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi

Past Political Leaders of Tamil Nadu

  • M. Karunanidhi - Served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on five separate occasions, Head of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Political career spanning more than 60 years.
  • Vai Gopalsamy (Vaiko) - Prominent politician in Tamil Nadu and Founder of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).
  • S. Ramadoss - Founder and president of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).
  • Thol. Thirumavalavan - President of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Present Parliamentarian.
  • Vijayakanth - Founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and Present Member of Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly.

Governor of Tamil NaduGovernor of Tamil Nadu

Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit

Assumed Office On October 06,2017
Date of Birth: April 16,1940
Birth Place: Nawalgarh (Rajasthan)

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Edappadi K. Palaniswami

He also holds the portfolios of Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms

Portfolios of Ministers of Tamil Nadu

Dindigul Srinivasan

Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Highways, Public works, and minor ports

Sellur K. Raju
Cooperation and labour

Electricity, prohibition and excise

V.P. Velumani
Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme

D. Jayakumar


C.Ve. Shanmugam
Law, Courts and Prisons

K.P. Anbazhagan
Higher Education

Dr. V. Saroja
Social Welfare, Nutritious Noon Meal Programme

K.C. Karuppannan

M.C. Sampath

R. Kamaraj
Food, Civil Supplies and HR&CE

O.S. Manian
Handlooms and Textiles

Udumalai Radhakrishnan
Housing and Urban Development

C. Vijayabhaskar
Health and Family Welfare

S.P. Shanmuganathan

Milk and Dairy Development

R. Duraikannu
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry

Kadambur Raju
Information and Publicity

R.B. Udayakumar

K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji
Rural Industries

K.C. Veeramani
Commercial Taxes

P. Benjamin
School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare

Vellamandi N. Natarajan

S. Valarmathi
Backward classes and minority welfare

V.M. Rajalakshmi
Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare

Dr. M. Manikandan
Information and Technology

M.R. Vijayabhaskar

Constituencies of Tamil Nadu

Constituencies of Tamil Nadu

Assembly Constituencies

  • Royapuram
  • Harbour
  • Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar
  • Park Town
  • Perambur (SC)
  • Purasawalkam
  • Egmore(SC)
  • Anna Nagar
  • Theagarayanagar
  • Thousand Lights
  • Chepauk
  • Triplicane
  • Mylapore
  • Saidapet

  • Gummidipundi
  • Ponneri (SC)
  • Thiruvottiyur
  • Villivakkam
  • Poonamallee
  • Tiruvallur
  • Tiruttani
  • Pallipet


  • Alandur
  • Tambaram
  • Tiruporur (SC)
  • Chengalpattu
  • Madurantakam
  • Acharapakkam (SC)
  • Uthiramerur
  • Kancheepuram
  • Sriperumbudur (SC)
  • Arakkonam (SC)
  • Sholinghur
  • Ranipet
  • Arcot
  • Katpadi
  • Gudiyatham
  • Pernambur (SC)
  • Vaniyambadi
  • Natrampalli
  • Tirupattur
  • Anaicut
  • Vellore


  • Chengam
  • Thandarambattu
  • Tiruvannamalai
  • Kalasapakkam
  • Polur
  • Arni
  • Cheyyar
  • Vandavasi (SC)
  • Peranamallur
  • Talavasal (SC)
  • Edapadi
  • Rasipuram
  • Sendamangalam (ST)
  • Namakkal (SC)
  • Kapilamalai
  • Tiruchengode
  • Sankari (SC)

  • Sedapatti
  • Thirumangalam
  • Usilampatti
  • Sholavandan
  • Tirupparankundram
  • Madurai West
  • Madurai Central
  • Madurai East
  • Samayanallur (SC)
  • Melur

  • Thirumayam
  • Kolathur (SC)
  • Pudukkottai
  • Alangudi
  • Arantangi

  • Tirupattur
  • Karaikudi
  • Ilayangudi
  • Manamadurai (SC)
  • Sivaganga


  • Mettupalayam
  • Avinashi (SC)
  • Thondamuthur
  • Singanallur
  • Coimbatore (West)
  • Coimbatore (East)
  • Perur
  • Kinathukadavu
  • Pollachii
  • Valparai (SC)
  • Udumalpet
  • Dharapuram (SC)
  • Pongalur
  • Palladam
  • Tiruppur

  • Vellakoil
  • Kangayam
  • Modakurichi
  • Perundurai
  • Erode
  • Bhavani
  • Andhiyur (SC)
  • GobiChettipalayam
  • Bhavanisagar
  • Sathyamangalam

  • Coonoor (SC)
  • Ootacamund
  • Gudalur

  • Palani (SC)
  • Oddanchatram
  • Nilakottai (SC)
  • Natham
  • Dindigul
  • Athoor
  • Vedasandur

  • Periyakulam
  • Theni
  • Bodinayakanur
  • Cumbum
  • Anidpatty


  • Aravakurichi
  • Karur
  • Krishnarayapuram (SC)
  • Kulithalai


  • Perambalur (SC)
  • Varahur (SC)
  • Ariyalur
  • Andimadam
  • Jayankondam


  • Marungapuri
  • Thottiam
  • Uppiliapuram (ST)
  • Musiri
  • Lalgudi
  • Srirangam
  • Tiruchirappalli-I
  • Tiruchirappalli-II
  • Thiruverambur

  • Sirkali (SC)
  • Poompuhar
  • Mayiladuturai
  • Kuttalam
  • Nagapattinam
  • Vedaranyam


  • Nannilam (SC)
  • Tiruvarur (SC)
  • Tiruthuraipundi (SC)
  • Mannargudi

  • Pattukkottia
  • Peravurai
  • Orathanad
  • Thiruvonam
  • Thanjavur
  • Thiruvaiyaru
  • Papanasam
  • Valangiman (SC)
  • Kumbakonam
  • Thiruvidamarudur

  • Tiruvadanai
  • Paramakudi (SC)
  • Ramanathapuram
  • Kadaladi
  • Mudukulathur

  • Aruppukottai
  • Sattur
  • Virudhunagar
  • Sivakasi
  • Sriviliputhur
  • Rajapalayam (SC)

  • Vilathikulam
  • Ottapidaram (SC)
  • Kovilpatti
  • Sattankulam
  • Tiruchendur
  • Srivaikuntam
  • Tuticorin


  • Sankaranayanarkoil (SC)
  • Vasudevanallur (SC)
  • Kadayanallur
  • Tenkasi
  • Alangulam
  • Tirunelveli
  • Palayamcottai
  • Cheranmahadevi
  • Ambasamudram
  • Nanguneri
  • Radhapuram

  • Kanniyakumari
  • Nagercoil
  • Colachel
  • Padmanabhapuram
  • Thiruvattar
  • Vilavancode
  • Killiyoor

The legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is the primary house which constitutes the Tamil Nadu Legislature. The legislature of the state features the abilities of passing jurisprudence which is applicable throughout the state.

The strength of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly is 235 members; 234 members are democratically elected and remaining one member is constituted as a voice of the Anglo-Indian community. The term of the legislative assembly is five years. This law-making assembly is headed over by the speaker.

Lok Sabh MPs

Thiruvallur (SC)   
Venugopal.P. DR All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Chennai North   
Venkatesh Babu .T.G All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Chennai South   
DR. J. Jayavardhan All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Chennai Central   
S.R. Vijayakumar All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Ramachandran, K.N. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Kancheepuram (SC)   
Tmt.Maragatham K All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Hari, G. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Senguttuvan. B All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Ashok Kumar.K All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Anbumani Ramadoss Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)

Tmt.Vanaroja R    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

V.Elumalai All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Villupuram (SC)   
Rajendran S All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Kamaraj. K Dr All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Pannerselvam.V All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Sundaram P.R All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Selvakumara Chinnayan S    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Tmt.V.Sathyabama All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Nilgiris (SC)   
Gopalakrishnan, C All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Nagarajan. P All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Mahendran.C All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Udhaya kumar .M    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Dr. M. Thambidurai, M.P. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Kumar.P    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Marutharajaa, R.P. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Arunmozhithevan.A All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Chidambaram (SC)   
Chandrakasi. M All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Bharathi Mohan R.K All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Nagapattinam (SC)   
Gopal. DR. K All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Parasuraman.K All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Senthilnathan PR All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

R.Gopalakrishnan All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)


Parthipan.R All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Radhakrishnan T All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Anwhar Raajhaa.A All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Jeyasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee.J All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Tenkasi (SC)   
Tmt.Vasanthi.M All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

Prabakaran.K.R.P All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)


Radhakrishnan P. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Rajya Sabha MPs

  • Dr. V. Maitreyan  (AIADMK)
  • Tmt. Sasikala Pushpa  (AIADMK)
  • Thiru A. Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK)
  • Thiru T. Rathinavel (AIADMK)
  • Tmt. Vijila Sathyananth (AIADMK)
  • Thiru S. Muthukaruppan (AIADMK)
  • Thiru Paul Manoj Pandian (AIADMK)
  • Thiru K.R.Arjunan (AIADMK)
  • Thiru K. Selvaraj (AIADMK)
  • Dr. R. Lakshmanan (AIADMK)
  • Thiru. A. William Rabi Bernard (AIADMK)
  • Thiru D. Raja (CPI)
  • Thiru T.K. Rangarajan (CPI-M)
  • Dr. K.P. Ramalingam (DMK)
  • Thiru Tiruchi Siva (DMK)
  • Tmt Kanimozhi (DMK)
  • Thiru S. Thangavelu (DMK)
  • Thiru E.M.Sudarsana Natchiappan (INC)
  • Thiru Mani Shankar Aiyar (Others)

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly

Assembly: 14th Assembly (2011-2016)
General Elections Held On: 13th April 2011
Results Declared On: 13th May 2011
Date Of Constitution: 14th May 2011
Date Of Council Ministers Sworn In: 16th May 2011
Chief Minister: Hon'ble Thiru O. PANNEERSELVAM
Speaker: Hon. Thiru P. DHANAPAL 
Deputy Speaker : Hon. Thiru Pollachi V. JAYARAMAN
Leader Of The House: Hon. Thiru O. PANNEERSELVAM
Leader Of Opposition: Thiru VIJAYKANT
Date Of First Meeting: 23rd May 2011

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat

Thiru A.M.P. JAMALUDEEN, M.Sc., B.L.,
Phone Numbers:
Office - 25672611 / 25670271 - Extn.105
Secretariat Intercom - 5613
Residence - 26156146
e-mail : assemblysecretary@tn.gov.in

For  a complete list of MLAs, click here

Also Read:

MPs and MLAs from Chennai
MPs and MLAs from Coimbatore
MPs and MLAs in Madurai
MPs and MLAs in Salem

Quick Facts

Districts Statistics: 32
Revenue Divisions: 76
Taluks: 226
Firkas: 1,127
Revenue Villages: 16,564
Municipal Corporations: 10
Municipalities: 125
Panchayat Unions (Blocks):  385
Town Panchayats: 561
Village Panchayats: 12,618
Lok Sabha Constituencies: 39
Assembly Constituencies: 234

Madras High Court

Madras High Court is one of the highest courts of Tamil Nadu and was one of the three High courts to be established by Letters Patent granted by Her Majesty Queen. There are 52 judges and a Chief Justice in the Madras High Court.
Phone: Office : 25340410 to 25340416, 25359073 to 25359077 & 25350411   (STD Code: 044)
Website: https://www.hcmadras.tn.nic.in/

Chief Justice, Madras High Court
Thiru. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul
Assumed Office On: July 26,2014
Date of Birth: December 26,1958
Education:Graduated in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in 1979. Obtained LL.B. Degree from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1982.

Also Read:

Courts in Chennai

Courts in Madurai
Courts in Salem

Government Departments of Tamil Nadu

Any government functions smoothly only through proper dissemination of information which can be done through specific departments. Some of the important government departments of Tamil Nadu are:

Adi-Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department Secretariat

Agriculture Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

Commercial Taxes and Registration Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

Information Technology Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowment Department,Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566
Pincode - 600009

Youth Welfare and Sports Development Secretariat, Chennai 600 009
Phone: 044-25665566

Public Works Department, Secretariat

Health and Family Welfare Department Secretariat

Phone: 044-25665566

Finance Department Secretariat

Phone: 044-25665566
Pincode - 600009

Information Technology Department Secretariat
Phone: 044-25665566

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Government Department of Chennai
Government Offices in Coimbatore
Government Offices in Kancheepuram
Government Offices in Kanyakumari
Government Offices in Madurai
Government Offices in Salem
Government Offices in Trichy


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