(Last Updated on : 02-06-2014)
M. K. Azhagiri or Muthuvel Karunanidhi Azhagiri, also known as M. K. Alagiri, is an Indian politician
and a former Cabinet Minister
. In the year 2009, he assumed the charge of the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers in the Cabinet of the Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh
and served the same till 2013. He has visited various countries as a part of visiting delegation. He belongs to the state political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Early Life of M. K. Azhagiri
M. K. Azhagiri was born on 30th January in the year 1950. He is the elder son of M Karunanidhi
and his second wife Dayaalu Ammal who is the head of the state political party Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (D.M.K). Azhagiri completed his graduation from the Presidency College in Chennai
, earning a degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was employed as a bank employee in the initial years.
Political Career of M. K. Azhagiri
Initially Azhagiri was the organising Secretary in DMK South Zone. M. K. Azhagiri was given a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha
polls from Madurai
constituency. Later he was appointed as the in charge of ten constituencies. He had always been ambitious for eventual accession of the post of President. Azhagiri continues the rich tradition of the Karunanidhi family and runs his autocratic rule in Madurai. Till the 15th Lok Sabha election, M.K. Azhagiri held no party or government post. Although he held no post he was all in command in the Madurai region. He also played a key role in the party victory of three by-elections during the period of 2008, especially in Thirumangalam which marked an enormous victory.
M.K. Azhagiri hit the parliament with a seat for himself in his first electoral partaking with a huge win over other rivals. In the 2009 general elections he was made the Union Minister in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and he served the post till March 2013. He is accredited as the party strong man in southern district of Madurai.
Personal Life of M. K. Azhagiri
M. K. Azhagiri married Kanthi Azhagiri on 12th October 1972 and the couple has one son and two daughters. The film producer Dayanidhi Azhagiri is his son. N. K. Stalin, former Mayor of Chennai and member of Tamil Nadu
legislative assembly, is his brother.