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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 S. Ramadoss, who had earlier worked with the Vanniyar Sangham founded by him on 16 July 1989. 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 election, the 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. The 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 election 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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682 news items

Economic Times
Wed, 20 May 2015 13:15:00 -0700

CHENNAI: Former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss is pitching his Pattali Makkal Katchi, or PMK, as the leader of what he hopes will be a grand alliance to challenge the hegemony of the two main Dravidian parties as manoeuvring begins for state ...
Web India
Tue, 19 May 2015 01:44:24 -0700

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today asked the Tamil Nadu Government to delay appoint criminal and constitutional experts as government pleaders to ensure the release of seven innocent Tamils, "wrongly convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi Murder Case," when ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 18 May 2015 17:15:30 -0700

It did not matter for the BJP if the constituent parties proposed their leaders at this stage for the chief ministership as in the run-up to the election, things would change when negotiations begin, he said and referred to the Pattali Makkal Katchi ...


Times of India
Wed, 13 May 2015 15:43:15 -0700

In Bengaluru, Pattali Makkal Katchi president GK Mani met Siddaramaiah and urged him to initiate the process. "The verdict has a "glaring arithmetical error". It should be challenged at the earliest. Otherwise, Jayalalithaa will hurriedly assume the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 May 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The demand for total prohibition in Tamil Nadu is not a political issue but a health and developmental issue facing the State, according to Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Anbumani Ramadoss. He was presiding over a demonstration organised PMK women's wing ...
Tue, 12 May 2015 07:25:06 -0700

Chennai: Two major opposition parties in Tamil Nadu — the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Pattali Makkal Katchi — on Tuesday urged the Karnataka government to launch an appeal against the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting former chief ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 12 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Alleging that there were plenty of loopholes in the judgment, Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss claimed that the difference between Ms. Jayalaliathaa's income and the assets purchased by her would be Rs. 16,32,36,812 if the figures given in the ...
Business Standard
Thu, 14 May 2015 01:15:00 -0700

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's direction on pictures of political leaders in government advertisements. In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs ...

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