Positions Held
1984-1987 Member, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
1996 onwards Member, All India Congress Committee
1998-2000 General Secretrary, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee
2000-2002 President, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee
2002-2003 Working President, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee
2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
23 May – 24 May 2004 Union Minister of State, Petroleum and Natural Gas
25 May 2004 onwards Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry
Social And Cultural Activities
Social work and trade union activities
Special Interests
Car and motor bike racing and study of Indian and world history
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Watching television for news and music; reading and Playing badminton
Sports and Clubs
Member of Cosmopolitan Club, Chennai; participated in Cholavaram Chennai motorbike racing
Countries Visited
Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Thailand, U.S.A., Uzbekistan, Singapore and U.A.E.
Other Information
Secretary, Presidency College Students Congress, 1967; President, (i) Periyar District Youth Congress 1978-80; (ii) Erode City Congress Committee, 1980-82; and (iii) Erode District Congress Committee, 1990-96; General Secretary, Erode District Congress Commttiee, 1982-83; associated with INTUC`S Transport wing for the last 25 years; born in a family of social reformists of South India; grandson of Pesiyar E.V. Ramaswamy, legendary icon of social reformism in India and son of Late E.V.K. Sampath, a former member of Parliament and leader of Congress Party in Tamil Nadu