Administration Of Ariyalur

The municipality of Ariyalur is a second grade town panchayat from 1943 during British rule. It was promoted to a first grade town panchayat in 1995, to a second grade in 1966 and a special grade in October 2004. In December 2004, it was promoted to a third grade municipality. As of 2008, the municipality was covered an area of 7.62 km2 (2.94 sq mi) and had a total of 18 members. The functions of the municipality are classified into six departments: General, Engineering, Revenue, Public Health, Town planning and the Computer Wing. All these departments are under the control of a Municipal Commissioner who is the supreme executive head. The legislative powers are vested in a body of 18 members, one each from the 18 wards. The legislative body is headed by an elected Chairperson assisted by a Deputy Chairperson. The municipality had an anticipated income of 75,917,000 and an estimated expenditure of 63,703,000 for the year 2012–13.

Ariyalur comes under the Ariyalur State Assembly Constituency and it elects a member to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly once every five years. From the 1977 elections, the assembly seat was won by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) three times in the 1977, 1980 and 1989 elections, Indian National Congress once during 2006 and Tamil Maanila Congress once during the 1996 elections. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) two times during the 2001 and 2011 elections. The current Incumbent of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the constituency is Durai. Manivel from the AIADMK Party. Ariyalur is a part of the Chidambaram Lok Sabha constituency and elects a member to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, once every five years. The current Member of Parliament from the constituency is M.Chandrakasi from the ADMK party.