V. Narayanasamy

Velu Narayanasamy (born 30 May 1947) is an Indian National Congress politician who has served as Chief Minister of the south Indian Union Territory of Puducherry since June 2016. He previously served as Member of Parliament, representing Puducherry in the Lok Sabha. He served as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the Manmohan Singh government. In the 2014 general elections, he was defeated by the NDA candidate R. Radhakrishnan, who was backed by the ruling All India N.R. Congress. He is a member of the Congress Working Committee as well as All India Congress Committee’s General Secretary.

Early life

V. Narayanasamy was born in Pondicherry, the son of Velu, a toddy tapper, and Iswary. He did his B.A. from Tagore Art College, Pondicherry, B.L. from Madras Law College, Chennai and M.L. from Annamalai University.

Political career

V. Narayanasamy served three tenures as Rajya Sabha MP and was member of Lok Sabha from Puducherry constituency from 2009 to 2014. He was minister of state in Prime Minister’s office in Manmohan Singh’s second government as well as minister of state, Parliamentary Affairs in the first UPA government.

In the 2014 general elections, he was defeated by the NDA candidate R.Radhakrishnan who was backed by the ruling All India N.R. Congress.

He was named Chief Minister of Puducherry in May 2016 after Indian National Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagamalliance won Puducherry Legislative Assembly election. He was chosen over V. Vaithilingam who was twice Chief Minister of Puducherry.

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