Pattali Makkal Katchi


Pattali Makkal Katchi

Infobox_Indian_Political_Party
party_name = Pattali Makkal Katchi
party_
founder = Dr. S. Ramadoss
leader = K.Mani
foundation = 1999
alliance = United Progressive Alliance
ideology = Social Democratic/Populist
headquarters = Thailapuram, Tindivanam

Pattali Makkal Katchi (பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி, abbreviated PMK) is a Tamil political party. PMK participated in the National Democratic Alliance until December 2003, and was part of the Indian central government from 1999-2003. In 2004, PMK joined the United Progressive Alliance.

History

The PMK founder is Dr. S. Ramdoss and the president is G.K. Mani. Ramdoss had earlier worked with the Vanniyar Sangham (Vanniyar Union) founded by him in 1980. PMK is based amongst the Vanniar caste, an OBC community. PMK has advocated the bifurcation of the state of Tamil Nadu, a proposal that was seen as a casteist line. PMK was mainly based in the northern half of the state.Ahead of the 2004 election PMK joined the broad Tamil political front Democratic Progressive Alliance where also DMK, Congress, CPI, CPI (M) and Indian Union Muslim League are members.

After the formation of PMK, and under the leadership of Ramadoss, PMK was able to obtain a significant share of power both in the regional government in Tamilnadu and the central government, primarily due to coalition pressures. Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, the son of S. Ramadoss, is currently the Health Minister in the government of India. Following the 2004 general election Lok Sabha elections, PMK joined United Progressive Alliance party.

In June 2008, the PMK was came out of the DMK-led Tamil Nadu government. However, it continues to be a part of the UPA-led National government.

Election results

Historical election results for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry: [Election Results [http://eci.gov.in/StatisticalReports/SE_2006/StatReport_TN_2006.pdf Election Commission of India] , Retrieved on April 15, 2008]

Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry

References

External links

* [http://www.eci.gov.in/StatisticalReports/ Elelction Commission report on elections]


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