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Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
1967 - 1972
1971 - 1976
ConstituencyKinathukadavu
In office
1989 - 1994
ConstituencyPalladam
In office
2006 - 2011
ConstituencyThondamuthur
Personal details
Political partyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam

M. Kannappan is an Indian politician and former Union minister for Non-conventional energy sources in A. B. Vajpayee's NDA rule between 1999 and 2004 Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. He was elected to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly as a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate from Kinathukadavu constituency in 1967, and 1972 elections.

He was a minister for Hindu religious endowment boards and dairy development in the government of Tamil Nadu between 1969 and 1975. He was re-elected to cabinet in 1989 when DMK returned to power as Cabinet minister for Highways, Housing and Ports. He was also the state Transport minister in M. Karunanidhi's government. He was instrumental in reviving the DMK in western Tamil Nadu after it lost elections in the 1980s. In 1994, he had a disagreement relating to the Vaiko issue with Karunanidhi, following which he left the DMK to form a new party, the MDMK. He unsuccessfully contested the Singanallur constituency in the 1996 elections but won in 1999 when fighting the Thiruchengode parliament constituency. He became union cabinet minister forging an alliance with the BJP. In 2006,he again returned to state politics and won the Thondamuthur constituency in Coimbatore district. He defeated former union minister and State congress legislative party leader S. R. Balasubramaniam.[citation needed]

Kannappan is often referred as "karotti kannappan" as he was the only person to come out boldly and take along Karunanidhi during all emergency periods when all of Karunanidhi's men even feared to talk in public. In mid-2008, when Karunanidhi was ill in hospital, the two men reconciled and Kannappan rejoined the DMK.[1][2] and from Palladam constituency in 1989 election.[3] He was elected as a Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from Thondamuthur constituency in 2006 election.[4]

Personal life

M. K. Muthu, a son of Kannappan, followed his father into politics as a DMK member.[5] Kannappan's grandson Nandha is a popular actor who acted in films such as Mounam Pesiyathe and Eeram.[6]

Electoral performance

2006 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Thondamuthur[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
MDMK M. Kannappan 123,490 41.60% +32.59
INC S. R. Balasubramoniyan 113,596 38.27% New
DMDK E. Dennis Kovil Pillai 37,901 12.77% New
BJP M. Chinnaraj 13,545 4.56% New
Independent K. Varadharajan 2,035 0.69% New
Margin of victory 9,894 3.33% -11.55%
Turnout 296,863 70.65% 16.93%
Registered electors 420,186
MDMK gain from TMC(M) Swing -8.97%
1999 Indian general election : Tiruchengode
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
MDMK M. Kannappan 409,293 49.08%
AIADMK Edappadi K. Palaniswami 4,04,737 48.53% -6.17%
PT T. M. Kanagasabapathi 11,535 1.38%
Margin of victory 4,556 0.55% -13.27%
Turnout 8,34,015 55.41% -9.44%
Registered electors 15,27,064 4.57%
MDMK gain from AIADMK Swing -7.57%
1996 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election: Singanallur
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DMK Palanisamy N 92379 60.15 Increase60.15
AIADMK Duraisamy R 33967 22.12 Decrease33.34
MDMK M. Kannappan 19951 12.99 New
BJP Kalyanasundaram R 3741 2.44 Decrease2.25
Indian Congress (Socialist) Palanisamy 363 0.24 Increase0.24
Margin of victory 58412 38.03
Turnout 153574 63.2
DMK gain from AIADMK Swing
1991 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Palladam[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AIADMK K. S. Duraimurugan 69,803 61.03% +33.61
DMK M. Kannappan 37,079 32.42% -6.7
BJP A. Bala Dhandapani 4,797 4.19% New
PMK C. Murugan 684 0.60% New
Margin of victory 32,724 28.61% 16.91%
Turnout 114,376 65.09% -9.02%
Registered electors 183,291
AIADMK gain from DMK Swing 21.91%
1989 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Palladam[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DMK M. Kannappan 45,395 39.12% New
AIADMK K. Sivaraj 31,819 27.42% -26.55
INC Sivaji Kandessamy 24,980 21.53% New
AIADMK K. C. Palanisamy 10,986 9.47% -44.5
Independent C. Subramanian 779 0.67% New
Margin of victory 13,576 11.70% 0.53%
Turnout 116,038 74.11% 1.80%
Registered electors 159,768
DMK gain from AIADMK Swing -14.85%
1984 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Kinathukadavu[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AIADMK K. V. Kandaswamy 50,375 56.69% 3.10%
DMK M. Kannappan 38,492 43.31%
Margin of victory 11,883 13.37% 6.20%
Turnout 88,867 77.00% 7.75%
Registered electors 120,894
AIADMK hold Swing 3.10%
1980 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Pollachi[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AIADMK M. V. Rathinam 52,833 56.61% +11.5
DMK M. Kannappan 39,797 42.64% +19.43
Independent P. Kannaiyan 704 0.75% New
Margin of victory 13,036 13.97% -7.93%
Turnout 93,334 70.36% 8.57%
Registered electors 134,946
AIADMK hold Swing 11.50%
1977 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Kinathukadavu[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AIADMK K. V. Kandaswamy 25,909 36.32%
DMK M. Kannappan 20,589 28.86% -39.56%
INC S. T. Duraisamy 18,085 25.35%
JP K. Subbe Gounder 6,761 9.48%
Margin of victory 5,320 7.46% -29.39%
Turnout 71,344 66.77% -10.79%
Registered electors 109,290
AIADMK gain from DMK Swing -32.11%
1971 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election : Kinathukadavu[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DMK M. Kannappan 47,776 68.42% 3.79%
Independent S. T. Duraisamy 22,049 31.58%
Margin of victory 25,727 36.84% 5.12%
Turnout 69,825 77.56% 1.05%
Registered electors 93,925
DMK hold Swing 3.79%
1967 Madras Legislative Assembly election : Kinathukadavu[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DMK M. Kannappan 40,645 64.63%
INC S. Gounder 20,691 32.90%
Independent A. C. Mylswamy 1,249 1.99%
Independent Ramalingam 302 0.48%
Margin of victory 19,954 31.73%
Turnout 62,887 76.51%
Registered electors 85,384
DMK win (new seat)

References

  1. ^ 1967 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  2. ^ 1971 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  3. ^ 1989 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  4. ^ 2006 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India
  5. ^ Kolappan, B. (21 April 2016). "Descendants shine in party of rising sun". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016.
  6. ^ "05-04-03". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007.
  7. ^ Election Commission of India. "2006 Election Statistical Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2006.
  8. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1991" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  9. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1989" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  10. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1984" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  11. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1980" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  12. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1977" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  13. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1971" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  14. ^ Election Commission of India. "Statistical Report on General Election 1967" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2009.