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Paattali Makkal Katchi
பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி
Leader G. K. Mani
Founded 1989
Headquarters Chennai
Ideology Social democracy,
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

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


PMK was founded by Dr S Ramadoss on 16 July 1989, who had earlier worked with the Vanniyar Sangham. PMK has advocated the bifurcation of the State of Tamil Nadu, a proposal that was seen as a casteist line as PMK that is stronger in the northern half of the TN State. It is a dominant Vanniyar party but had other communities as well[2]

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 (Marxists) 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 General 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.[3] 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[4] 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.[5]


  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. ^ Mobilisation of Backward Communities in India. 
  3. ^ THE HINDU, THE HINDU (2008-06-18). "DMK snaps ties with PMK". THE HINDU (THE HINDU). Retrieved 2011-06-10. Alliance breaks 
  4. ^ DMDK Joined NDA
  5. ^ Thirunavukarasu, S. (June 4, 2014). "DMDK, PMK set to lose their party symbol". Deccan Chronicles. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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CanIndia News
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:30:00 -0700

Rameswaram, Jul 30 (ANI): Former Union Minister and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday called for a collective strength of the government and youth of India to achieve late former president Abdul Kalam's dream of the ...
The Hindu
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Pattali Makkal Katchi leader and Chief Ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss has sought a chance to rule Tamil Nadu, promising to provide a transparent and corruption-free government. Speaking at the PMK North Zone conference at Pallikonda near here ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:17:37 -0700

The Pattali Makkal Katchi has vowed to put an end to the alternative rules by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. They have decided to form government in the 2016 Assembly elections and create a liquor-free ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:33:45 -0700

... technology for the benefit of the rural poor". "I join the people of India and of Tamil Nadu in deeply mourning his passing away,” she said. Other political leaders from the state like DMK president M Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Congress chief E V K S ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:26:15 -0700

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S Ramadoss on Tuesday charged the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which offered to implement prohibition in Tamil Nadu if voted to power, with removing prohibition and ruining the generations. Referring to Mr. Karunanidhi's ...
The Hindu
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

The members of the Pasumai Thyagam founded by Anbumani Ramadoss, MP and Pattali Makkal Katchi leader, cleaned the entire New Bus Stand in the city on Saturday. The programme was organised in connection with the Pasumai Thyagam Day celebrations. R. Arul ...
The Hindu
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Pasumai Thayagam, the Pattali Makkal Katchi's environment wing, launched a 'Zero Waste Tamil Nadu' campaign in Hogenakkal on Saturday. Party leader and Dharmapuri MP Anbumani Ramadoss spearheaded a 1000-strong party volunteers covering the popular ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The Pattali Makkal Katchi will spell out its agenda for good governance at its North Zone Conference to be held at Pallikonda near here on July 26, according to its president, G.K. Mani. Talking to newspersons at the venue of the conference near the ...

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