Sedapatti R Muthiah, former TN assembly speaker and Union minister, dies | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: Former Union minister and former Tamil Nadu assembly speaker Sedapatti R Muthiah died in a private hospital in Madurai on Wednesday. He was 77.
Muthiah was one of the founding leaders of the AIADMK. He had been the second in command in the party till 1998.
Sedapattiar, as he was fondly known among the political circles, was born in Muthappanpatti in Madurai on October 4, 1945. He did MSc in mathematics at Thiagarajar College in Madurai. His dream to pursue engineering was stalled because it was difficult for rural students to get into engineering colleges at that time. Academics was his chosen profession before he moved to politics.
Muthiah joined politics as a student leader of the DMK and took part in the anti-Hindi agitations. When MGR founded the AIADMK, Muthiah along with his supporters joined the new party given the fact that MGR had a major support in Madurai region.
Muthiah was the first choice of MGR to contest from Dindidul constituency for the party’s maiden election in 1973. Due to some reasons, the chance went to Maya Thevar, who died recently.
Muthiah won from Sedapatti assembly constituency in 1977. He went on to win consecutive elections from the same constituency. He was made the speaker of the assembly in 1991 and continued the tenure till 1996.
He was elected as a member of parliament twice from Periyakulam constituency – in the ninth Lok Sabha and in the twelfth Lok Sabha. He served as a Union minister for surface transport in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet.
Muthiah stayed away from politics for some time and then joined the DMK in 2008. He became one of the office-bearers of the DMK electoral wing.

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