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|Paattali Makkal Katchi
பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி
|Leader||G. K. Mani|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|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|
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
|Politics of 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
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. However, the DMK did not press for the party's removal from the UPA Government at the Centre.
PMK contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA 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.
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- Mobilisation of Backward Communities in India.
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- DMDK Joined NDA
- Thirunavukarasu, S. (June 4, 2014). "DMDK, PMK set to lose their party symbol". Deccan Chronicles. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
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