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Paattali Makkal Katchi
பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி
Leader G. K. Mani
Founded 1989
Headquarters Chennai
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
ECI Status State Party[1]
Alliance National Democratic Alliance (1998-2004, 2014-Present)
United Progressive Alliance (2004-2009, 2011-13)
United National Progressive Alliance (2009-2010)
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Election symbol
Election symbol of PMK
Politics of India
Political parties

Paattaali Makkal Katchi (Tamil: பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி; English: abbreviated in english as PMK) is a political party active in Tamil Nadu, India.


PMK was founded by Dr S Ramadoss on 16 July 1989, who has been fighting as a social reformer for the upliftment of downtrodden, backward, most backward and minority community people. PMK has been a socio-democratic party advocates proportional reservation in education and job. Ahead of the 2004 elections, PMK joined the broad Tamil political front Democratic Progressive Alliance where the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Indian National Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Indian Union Muslim League were also members. PMK was able to obtain a significant share of power both in the regional Government in Tamil Nadu and the Central Government due to a significant number of seats they obtained which helped the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-I) to form the Government.

Following the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the PMK joined United Progressive Alliance led by the Congress. In June 2008, during the climaxing months of the bitter relationship between the DMK and the PMK, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu severed its ties with the PMK, an outside supporter of the Karunanidhi Government.[2] However, the DMK did not press for the party's removal from the UPA Government at the Centre.

On 26 March 2009, PMK declared that, it would join the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led front and left the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

PMK contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA[3] and its candidate Anbumani Ramadoss won from Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency, where he is one of two non-ADMK MPs from Tamil Nadu the other being from its ally BJP.[4]


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ THE HINDU, THE HINDU (2008-06-18). "DMK snaps ties with PMK". THE HINDU (THE HINDU). Retrieved 2011-06-10. Alliance breaks 
  3. ^ DMDK Joined NDA
  4. ^ Thirunavukarasu, S. (June 4, 2014). "DMDK, PMK set to lose their party symbol". Deccan Chronicles. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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Web India
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:07:30 -0700

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today suggested a UN-conducted plebiscite among the Eelam Tamils living across the globe leading to the announcement of separate Tamil Eelam. In a release here, PMK Founder-Leader S Ramadoss, referring to the resolution ...

Deccan Chronicle

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:15:00 -0700

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK ) MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday said he was ready to quit the BJP-led NDA alliance if his decision could help find a permanent solution to the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Reacting to TNCC president E.V.K.S ...

Colombo Gazette

Colombo Gazette
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:18:16 -0700

Meanwhile Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko has blamed the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance government, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Pattali Makkal Katchi for the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the civil war ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:39:30 -0700

CHENNAI: With only months left for the next Assembly polls, the latest touring talkie that is making the rounds in Tamil Nadu has as its lead a former 'actor' who is anxious to break free of his father's shadow. But DMK's heir-in-waiting MK Stalin's ...

Deccan Chronicle

Economic Times
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 04:02:04 -0700

MADURAI: Pattali Makkal Katchi today said there would be no respite in its struggle against liquor. Talking to reporters here, PMK president G K Mani said the party is organising series of struggle for prohibition and and continue it till liquor shops ...
The Hindu
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:06:38 -0700

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam treasurer M.K. Stalin is copying the style of Pattali Makkal Katchi Youth Wing secretary and party's Chief Ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss, according to PMK State president G.K. Mani. Speaking to reporters here on ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:07:31 -0700

Announcing sweeping reforms to ensure transparency in administration, the draft manifesto of the Pattali Makkal Katchi promises to subject the assets of the Chief Minister and other Ministers to public scrutiny. “If elected to power, the details of the ...
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 02:33:45 -0700

This is with reference to the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party of Tamil Nadu, India, coming up with a new set of freebies to benefit each and every family in the state. Do these political parties feel that the people could be fooled every time? They ...

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