One of the veteran leaders in Indian Politics, Kalaignar Dr K Kaunanidhi has completed six decades as MLA. He is one of the founding members of DMK Party which has a strong hold in TN Politics. He was first elected as an MLA in April 1,1957 from Kulithalai constituency in Trichy district. He has been elected continuously in all the elections as an MLA except in 1984 when he was serving as an MLC.
He is the only leader in India to have won assembly elections continuously for the record 13 times under the same party and symbol.