- Pattali Makkal Katchi
party_name = Pattali Makkal Katchi
Dr. S. Ramadoss
United Progressive Alliance
Social Democratic/ Populist
headquarters = Thailapuram,
Pattali Makkal Katchi (பாட்டாளி மக்கள் கட்சி, abbreviated PMK) is a Tamil
political party. PMK participated in the National Democratic Allianceuntil December 2003, and was part of the Indian central government from 1999- 2003. In 2004, PMK joined the United Progressive Alliance.
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 Vanniarcaste, 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 Leagueare 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 Sabhaelections, PMK joined United Progressive Allianceparty.
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.
Historical election results for
Tamil Naduand Pondicherry: [Election Results [http://eci.gov.in/StatisticalReports/SE_2006/StatReport_TN_2006.pdf Election Commission of India] , Retrieved on April 15, 2008]
* [http://www.eci.gov.in/StatisticalReports/ Elelction Commission report on elections]
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