A. C. Shanmugam
|Member of parliament for Vellore (Lok Sabha constituency)|
|Prime Minister||Rajiv Gandhi|
|Preceded by||A.K.A. Abdul Samad|
|Succeeded by||A.K.A. Abdul Samad|
|Founder & Chancellor of Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute|
|Assumed office |
|Founder and leader of Puthiya Needhi Katchi|
|Assumed office |
|Founder & Chancellor of Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute and ACS Group of Institutions|
|Born||Arani, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Children||A.C.S. Arun Kumar|
|Occupation||Leader of Puthiya Needhi Katchi (New Justice Party)|
A C Shanmugam was born in a Tuluva Vellala (Agamudaya Mudaliar) family. He began his political career as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) politician, when in 1984, he won the Parliament Election with 52.93% of votes for AIADMK. Subsequently, he held the posts of MP and Member of the Legislative Assembly, before founding the New Justice Party. In 2014, as a BJP candidate, he came runner-up when he contested elections in Vellore Lok Sabha. Later, he returned to AIADMK.
He stood from the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 on a Pudhiya Needhi Katchi ticket. He is also the founder and chancellor of Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Rajarajeswari Group of Institutions, and ACS group of institutions in Arani. He works for the upliftment of Mudaliyars. He is ardent fan of M. G. Ramachandran. Er. A.C.S. Arunkumar, son of Dr. Shanmugam is the youngest Pro Chancellor of the Deemed University. Life Member - Indian Society for Technical Education
Needhi Katchi, formerly Puthiya Needhi Katchi (translation: New Justice Party), is a political party in Tamil Nadu, headed by A.C. Shanmugam, a former AIADMK member. The party was started just before the 2001 Tamil Nadu assembly election. The leader of the party claims to represent Mudaliars and Pillaimars castes significantly present from all over Tamilnadu. In September 2009, the party renamed itself as Needhi Katchi by dropping the pudhiya (lit. new) prefix.
As of 2022, the party is still led by A. C. Shanmugam, and continues to ally with larger parties.