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131/365 – Pattali Makkal Katchi

Leader: G. K. Mani
Founded: 1989
Headquarters: Chennai
Ideology: Social Democratic/Populist
Symbol: Mango

PMK was founded by Dr. S. Ramdoss and the state 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 Most Backward Class Vanniyakula Kshatriyas 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 where it commands 10% of the vote bank namely the Vanniyars.

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 and arm twisting tactics.

Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, the son of S. Ramadoss, was the member of Rajya Sabha in the government of India. Following the 2004 general election Lok Sabha elections, PMK joined United Progressive Alliance party.

PMK contributed for the reservation for OBCs in Higher educational Institutions like IITs, IIMs, AIMS etc.. because their vote bank i.e the vanniyars belong to the OBC. PMK is also fighting for preserving traditional Agriculture to protect the environment, Food Health, Nutrition etc..

PMK is fighting for removal of Alcohol sale in TAMIL NADU. But for the major social causes like the alcohol and and at least posturing for preserving traditional Agriculture.

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.

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). Following this alliance the two ministers in union cabinet Mr. A. Ramadoss and R. Velu resigned from the UPA government.

On 28 March 2009 they submitted the resignation to prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and suffered a complete wipe out because of their constant shifting of alliances between the two dravidian parties.

Former MPs

Anbumani Ramdoss
A.K. Moorthy
R.Velu
Dr.Senthil
Prof.Ramdoss (Puduvai)
Ponnusamy
Prof.G.Danraj

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattali_Makkal_Katchi

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