S. S. Palanimanickam


S. S. Palanimanickam (born 15 August 1950) is an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu. He was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha[1] of India. He represented the Thanjavur constituency of Tamil Nadu from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. He was the Thanjavur district secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.[2]

S. S. Palanimanickam
The Minister of State (Revenue), Shri. S.S. Palanimanickam inaugurating the three day workshop for Prasar Bharati PTCs of Tamil Nadu, organised by AIR & DD, in Chennai on November 12, 2008.jpg
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded byK. Parasuraman
In office
Preceded byK. Thulasiayya Vandayar
Succeeded byK. Parasuraman
ConstituencyThanjavur,[1] Tamil Nadu
Minister of State for Finance
In office
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Finance MinisterP. Chidambaram
Personal details
Born (1950-08-15) 15 August 1950 (age 71)
Nattani village, Pudukkottai, Madras State (Now Tamil Nadu)
Political partyDMK
Spouse(s)P. Maheswari
Children1 daughter
  • S. Subbaiya Vanniyar (kallar) (father)
Residence(s)Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materMadras Law College
Source: [1]

He had been a member of parliament for five times, winning five continuous elections starting 1996. He was also the minister of state in the ministry of finance from 2004 to March 2012 when the DMK pulled out of the ruling UPA coalition government. Internal rivalry in the DMK party emerged between T. R. Baalu and S.S. Palanimanickam in 2012, when T. R. Baalu initiated a survey for railway lines in Thanjavur district[3] and T. R. Baalu wished to contest from Thanjavur in 2014 Indian general election and the DMK controversially denied Palanimanickam a ticket however Baalu lost the elections.[4] However Palanimanickam was given the party ticket in the 2019 Indian general election and was elected to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from Thanjavur again.[5]

Career as a politicianEdit

Palanimanickam joined the DMK during the Anti-Hindi agitation of 1965 through his father Subbiah Vanniyar was a staunch Congress party worker and an aide of R Venkataraman and G K Moopanar.[6] General-Secretary, All India Peace and Solidarity, Tamil Nadu Unit; His interest are toward working for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society and has special interests in rural education and upliftment of the rural youth. He led a delegation of students to the then U.S.S.R. for attending youth festival, attended UN General Assembly in 2001-02 in New York, attended SAARC Parliamentarians Conference in Bangladesh, visited Egypt and South Africa as member of Indian Parliamentary Delegation during 13th Lok Sabha, visited Arab Countries as member of Peace Delegation in 2004.[1] In 2012, S. S. Palanimanickam signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement with Monaco, being the 9th TIEA signed by India.[7]

Elections contested and positions heldEdit

Year Constituency Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
1996 Thanjavur Won 58.8 K. Thulasaya Vandayar INC 28.58[8]
1998 Thanjavur Won 51.81 L. Ganesan MDMK 44.11[9]
1999 Thanjavur Won 45.39 K.Thangamuthu ADMK 40.31[10]
2004 Thanjavur Won 56.58 K.Thangamuthu ADMK 39.77[11]
2009 Thanjavur Won 50.55 Durai Balakrishnan MDMK 37.95[12]
2019 Thanjavur Won 55.6 N. R. Natarajan TMC 20.9
Year Positions Held[1]
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1996-97 Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism
Member Railway Convention Committee
Member Zonal Railways Users Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
1996-98 Member, Select Committee on the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 1996
1997-98 Member, Joint Committee on the Empowerment of Women
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1998-99 Member Committee on Industry
Member Committee on Private Members’ Bills and Resolutions
Member Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Member Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999–2000 Chairman, Committee on Agriculture
Member Committee of Privileges
Member, Joint Committee on Patents (Second Amendment) Bill, 1999
1999–2004 Member, General Purposes Committee
2000–2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)
2004–2012 Union Minister of State, Finance
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
President, Tamil Centre, Thanjavur (for more than ten years)
District Secreatary of D.M.K.


In February 2012, CBI lodged strong protest with CVC on the "dirty tricks" of certain Income Tax officials to intimidate crucial witnesses in the 2G spectrum case allegedly at the behest of Minister of State (Finance) SS Palanimanickam. Dr. Swamy, one of the petitioners in the case, said he would approach Supreme Court on this matter.[13][14]

Internal rivalry in the DMK party emerged between Baalu and S.S. Palanimanickam, the MP from Thanjavur constituency and the district secretary of the DMK in Thanjavur. During October 2012, Palanimackam came out open in the media to criticize his senior colleague for showing undue interest in Thanjavur, while he could have done it was his Sriperumbudur constituency. He accused Baalu for bringing all the railways schemes to Thanjavur to get the seat in Thanjavur for 2014 general elections.[15][16] Referring to the internal conflict, the party leader Karunanidhi came out in the open stating "When I go to sleep, such factional feuds engulf me and make me sleepless". Baalu being the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, initiated the survey for the 47 km (29 mi) Thanjavur-Pattukottai railway line and the 42 km (26 mi) Mannargudi-Pattukottai rail project, which is believed to have created the conflict.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "Detailed Profile - Shri S. S. Palanimanickam". National Informatics Center. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. ^ Iyengar, Pushpa (26 October 2012). "Chennai Corner". Outlook. Chennai. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Party feuds give me sleepless nights, says Karunanidhi". News 18. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  4. ^ Srinivasan, G. (11 March 2014). "Baalu's nomination pushes feud to the fore". G. Srinivasan. The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  5. ^ Venkatasubramanian, V. (25 May 2019). "Veteran stages a strong comeback". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Dad's the word". Kumkum Chadha. Hindustan Times. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ "India-Monaco Tax Information Exchange Agreement". The Economic Times. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 1996 to the 11th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1996. p. 397. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 1998 to the 12th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1998. p. 236. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 1999 to the 13th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1999. p. 228. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 2004 to the 14th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 2004. p. 296. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Statistical report on General elections, 2009 to the 15th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 2009. p. 136. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  13. ^ "DMK's MoS sought to derail 2G probe". The Daily Pioneer. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  14. ^ "DMK minister harassing 2G witnesses, Swamy writes to PM". The Times of India. 22 February 2012. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  15. ^ B., Kolappan (22 October 2012). "Palanimanickam's tirade shocks DMK leadership". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  16. ^ G., Srirnivasan (21 October 2012). "Palanimanickam's spat with Baalu comes out in open". The Hindu. Thanjavur. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Party feuds give sleepless nights: Karunanidhi". NDTV. Chennai. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2013.

External linksEdit

  • Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website