Published: 15th April 2019
Lok Sabha 2019: 49% candidates from Tamil Nadu are graduates, DMK fields 82% graduates this time
This will be the first elections after the passing of political stalwarts J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, two of the biggest figures in TN political history
Tamil Nadu, with its 39 constituencies will be one of the top states that will decide who will take the throne in Delhi. This is a turning point in Tamil Nadu politics because 2019 will be the year that TN faces an election without political supremos, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. This time, India also has the world's youngest population and this time, citizens are keen to find out the credentials of their candidates. They are not swayed by rhetoric alone. So we looked through the affidavits of all the candidates and put together these numbers based on their educational qualifications.
This time, 5.86 crore voters will participate in these elections and a total of 850 candidates will stand for the elections. Almost 50 percent of the candidates are graduates. To be exact, 417 candidates are graduates in TN this year. Among the graduates, 12 candidates are PhD graduates or pursuing PhD, 405, have a UG or PG degree and 377 are Class 12 pass outs. A total of 93.41 percent of the graduates are graduates this time.
The party with the highest number of graduates is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam with 82 percent. This year, 154 farmers from Tamil Nadu are also contesting the elections the Lok Sabha Elections. Its not news that many advocates usually stand for elections, this year we have 116 of them contesting. Besides, advocates, 140 businessmen and 17 doctors will be trying their luck at the polls this year. Some of the other candidates with interesting professions this year are N Balachandar from Virudhunagar who is a painted, Tamilarasan from Chennai Central who is a private detective and Kavignar Snekan, a poet from Sivagangai.
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The average age of the candidates this time is 45.5 years, 154 are below the age of 35, 393 are between the ages of 35-50 and 303 are over the age of 50. Last year, Tamil Nadu has a voter turnout of 73 percent, this time larger numbers are expected to queue up at the polls as many have said, this is probably India's most important elections.