C. Ponnaiyan is an Indian politician and one of the important Dravidian leaders. He is a founding member of Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. He is the former member of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly from Tiruchengode constituency in 1977, 1980, 1984 and 2001. He started his career as a lawyer.
Attracted by the ideologies of Arignar Anna and Thanthai Periyar, he took to public life at an early age. He has served as Minister of Finance, Education, Industry, Agriculture, Cooperation, Highways, Transport, Law and IT.
He was a close confidant of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr .M.G. Ramachandran and served as Minister of Finance under Former Chief Minister Dr. J. Jayalalithaa.
மக்களே இவன் உண்மை முகம் பாருங்கள். இதை கொஞ்சம் படிச்சு பாருங்கள். ஜே வை பற்றி … Ponnaiyan Insulted Jayalalitha to the core