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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 (abbreviated as PMK) is a political party active in Tamil Nadu, India.


PMK was founded by S. Ramadoss and Dr. Amukurajah Das who had earlier worked with the Vanniyar Sangham founded by them in 1980. PMK is based amongst the Vanniyar community. PMK has advocated the bifurcation of the state of Tamil Nadu, a proposal that was seen as a casteist line as PMK is stronger in the northern half of the TN State. Frustrated by casteist politics of top PMK leadership, Dr. Amukurajah Das quit the party in 2006. Dr. Amukurajah Das is currently working with a US-based MNC Mindspeed Technologies as Chairman - Emeritus.

Ahead of the 2004 election PMK joined the broad Tamil political front Democratic Progressive Alliance where also Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Indian National Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Indian Union Muslim League were members. PMK was able to obtain a significant share of power both in the regional government in Tamil Nadu and the central government, primarily due to coalition pressures and arm twisting tactics.

Following the 2004 general election elections, PMK joined United Progressive Alliance led by Congress. In June 2008, Climaxing months of bitter relationship between DMK and PMK, the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu severed its ties with the Pattali Makkal Katchi (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 2014 Lok Sabha election in an alliance with BJP led NDA[3] and its candidate Anbumani Ramadoss won from Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency.[4]


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013". 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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32 news items

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:07:30 -0700

A LITTLE after 11 a.m. on September 27, with the Special Court Judge John Michael D'Cunha pronouncing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa guilty in the disproportionate assets case, Tamil Nadu ceased to have a Council of Ministers. Since such a verdict ...

The Hindu

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:48:45 -0700

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramdoss on Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian fishermen, and said “the act of the Island government has shocked Indian fishermen.” In a ...
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 06:28:01 -0700

Karunanidhi's allies then included the MDMK of Vaiko and the Pattali Makkal Katchi of P. Ramadoss. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, both the AIADMK and the DMK fought on their own while the DMDK, MDMK and PMK joined the BJP-led National Democratic ...

Colombo Gazette

Colombo Gazette
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:26:15 -0700

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will find an amicable and permanent solution for the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, president of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) youth wing and former union minister Anbumani Ramadoss hoped. During an informal chat with the ...
Daily Mirror
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:29:18 -0700

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry yesterday said it had no plans to auction boats and trawlers apprehended from Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters. The Indian media earlier reported quoting Pattali Makkal ...

Indian Express

Indian Express
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:56:35 -0700

The police have also claimed that these youth were planning to kill leaders of the Vanniyar community, a Most Backward Caste (MBC), and its political face, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK). Apart from the “confessional statements”, allegedly acquired ...
Oman Tribune
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:56:15 -0700

... to local bodies, defeating Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been positioning itself as a contender for power in the 2016 assembly election in alliance with its local National Democratic Alliance partners like Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam ...
The New Indian Express
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:33:45 -0700

PUDUCHERRY: The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder-leader Dr S Ramadoss on Sunday called upon advocates to aspire to become judges at a young age by working hard. Speaking at a function to introduce the new office-bearers of the Advocate's Forum for ...

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