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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party is a well-established regional party in Tamil Nadu.

The Dravidian party was formed by C. N. Annadurai after breaking away from the Dravidar Kazhagam. Its predecessor was Justice Party of India under the leadership of Periyar.

DMK since 1969 is guided by M Karunanidhi, who has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu several times. The party's election symbol is the Rising Sun and its flag consist of red and black colour. ....
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AI, social media regulation find prominence in poll manifestos

Posted On : Apr 21,2019,    2:10 pm
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Going by the poll manifestos published by major political parties, the use of digital technology is likely to get a boost under the new government that will come to power after the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. View More..

Karunanidhi clan continues to dominate TN politics

Posted On : Apr 17,2019,    10:54 pm
Chennai, April 17 (IANS) When one thinks of political dynasties in South India, the first to come to mind is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) clan of late M. Karunanidhi, which includes his extended family -- the Marans. View More..

4 of 44 MPs in LS polls 2nd phase asked no question

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    2:36 pm
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) According to an official data, only four of the 44 sitting candidates contesting in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections had asked zero questions in the Parliament, including Janata Dal (Secular)'s H.D. Devegowda. View More..

251 candidates with criminal cases in 2nd phase: Report

Posted On : Apr 13,2019,    7:24 pm
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A total of 251 candidates contesting in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls have declared criminal cases filed against themselves, including 167 with serious criminal cases, according to an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 1,590 candidates by the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). View More..

Charges of murder against 10 MPs: ADR report

Posted On : Mar 28,2019,    3:54 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) As many as 10 members of the outgoing Lok Sabha have declared charges of murder against them while 14 have criminal cases related to attempt to murder, reveals a report by the election watchdog, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). View More..

DMK temporarily suspends actor Radha Ravi

Posted On : Mar 25,2019,    11:48 am
Chennai, March 25 (IANS) The DMK has temporarily suspended veteran actor Radha Ravi from the party for his derogatory remarks against actor Nayanthara. View More..

DMK promises education loan waiver, jobs reservation

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    2:34 pm
Chennai, March 19 (IANS) The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday promised to waive education loan dues, abolish common entrance exams for medical college admissions and reservation of jobs in the private sector, among other promises, in its Lok Sabha poll manifesto. View More..

Stalin flays TN government for naming Pollachi girl

Posted On : Mar 14,2019,    11:26 pm
Chennai, March 14 (IANS) Opposition leaders came down heavily, here on Thursday, on the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government for revealing the identity of a Pollachi sex abuse victim. View More..

Akhilesh, Yogi trade barbs over Modi's poll appeal

Posted On : Mar 13,2019,    1:30 pm
Lucknow, March 13 (IANS) A war of words erupted between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged several prominent personalities to encourage people to come out and vote in large numbers. View More..

Re-open all Pollachi women suicide cases: Kanimozhi

Posted On : Mar 12,2019,    9:04 pm
Chennai, March 12 (IANS) Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi on Tuesday demanded reinvestigation into all suicides by women in Pollachi town of Tamil Nadu over the past seven years following arrest of four persons in the serial sexual assault and blackmail case. View More..

NDA may get slim majority, BJP 34 seats less: Survey

Posted On : Mar 10,2019,    10:56 pm
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) A poll survey on Sunday predicted that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) may get a thin majority with 285 seats, 13 more than the magic figure of 272, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may get 34 seats less than it got in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Maharashtra SEC cracks whip on errant political parties

Posted On : Mar 07,2019,    8:34 pm
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) The Maharashtra State Election Commission (M-SEC) on Thursday cracked the whip on 14 errant political parties for not submitting details of their expenses in local body elections. View More..

Modi to address election rally, launch projects in TN on Wednesday

Posted On : Mar 05,2019,    8:40 pm
Chennai, March 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share the dais with the leaders of BJP's electoral allies in Tamil Nadu at a rally near here on Wednesday and will also unveil road, railway and energy infrastructure projects. View More..

CPI-M proposes 'no mutual contest' to Congress in six West Bengal seats

Posted On : Mar 04,2019,    10:04 pm
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The CPI-M on Monday proposed "no mutual contest" in six Lok Sabha seats currently held by Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal even as it indicated that it would lend support to the Congress on seats it is not contesting in states where there is a direct contest between the BJP and Congress. View More..

Modi, NDA leaders to address TN rally on March 6

Posted On : Mar 04,2019,    7:02 pm
Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu), March 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally at Kelambakkam, near Chennai, on Wednesday, Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal has said. View More..

CPI-M to support Congress where it is in direct contest with BJP

Posted On : Mar 04,2019,    5:40 pm
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The CPI-M on Monday said that in order to defeat the BJP-led alliance and ensure an alternative secular government is formed at the Centre, it would lend support to the Congress in states where it is in direct contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). View More..

TN CM requests Modi to set up naval station in Kanyakumari

Posted On : Mar 01,2019,    5:36 pm
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), March 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sanction a naval station here for fishermen's safety. View More..

More parties may join AIADMK alliance

Posted On : Feb 25,2019,    4:26 pm
Salem (Tamil Nadu), Feb 25 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said here on Monday many political parties are likely to be part of electoral alliance with the AIADMK. View More..

Puducherry CM's protest enters Day-4

Posted On : Feb 16,2019,    1:28 pm
Puducherry, Feb 16 (IANS) Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy's protest outside Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi's official residence entered the fourth day on Saturday. View More..

Puducherry CM's protest enters fourth day

Posted On : Feb 16,2019,    1:20 pm
Puducherry, Feb 16 (IANS) Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy's protest outside Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi's official residence entered the fourth day on Saturday. View More..



About Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam History

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party is a well-established regional party in Tamil Nadu. The Dravidian party was formed by C. N. Annadurai after breaking away from the Dravidar Kazhagam. Its predecessor was Justice Party of India under the leadership of Periyar. DMK since 1969 is guided by M Karunanidhi, who has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu several times. The party's election symbol is the Rising Sun and its flag consist of red and black colour.

Since the establishment of DMK, the party was in favour of separate independent state for the Dravidians. Annadurai wanted a separate Dravida Nadu but changed its stand after the Chinese attack in 1962. DMK rose to fame in 1962 Assembly elections winning 50 seats. It came to power in Tamil Nadu in 1967 with 138 seats. Its anti-Hindi agitations in 1965 enforced the central government to discard its efforts to compel Hindi as the only official language. In 1974, the DMK government brought in a decree in the Assembly urging the Centre to agree to the Rajamannar Committee's recommendations and modify the Constitution to overlay the emphasis for a proper federal system in India.

DMK have flagged a range of populist proposals for the human development. The party has devised welfare schemes such as maternity help, subsidized public transport and educational funding and several free bees like colour televisions, free laptops, grinder, mixer and fans. Many of them are touted as vote bank politics.

Ideology of party

DMK's believes in Duty, Dignity and Discipline. The party strive to defend the democratic rights of people, establish a society free from exploitation, envisages a society based on rationalism, eliminate poverty; promote Tamil language and culture, federalism and socialism etc.

The main goals of DMK is social reforms such as ending communalism , eradicating caste distinction, empowerment of women, ending Brahmin supremacy, ending north Indians dominance , resistance to Hindi as India's official language, social justice through reservation for the disadvantaged in education and employment.

The DMK also initiated Tamil prayers (archanas) in temples in the place of Sanskrit prayers. This approach swelled support of the non-Brahman Saivites in Tamil Nadu. The DMK has strong base in urban sections and rural voters. Large amount of DMK support comes from the OBCs category.

DMK has courted many controversies. Karunanidhi government was accused in 1976 of possible secession and dishonesty and Indira Gandhi sacked his government.

The DMK government was also charged by the Sarkaria commission for corruption in allotting tenders for the Veeranam project.

The provisional report of Justice Jain Commission, which was investigating the Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case, revealed that Karunanidhi assisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam but in its final report, there were no such mention.

DMK government had to take the flake when some of its members were blamed for 2G Spectrum scam highlighted in 2010. A case was filed against DMK member and Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja. Further, Karunanidhi's daughter MK Kanimozhi was arrested in 2011for alleged bribe in 2G Scam.

None the less DMK has a very strong electoral base and is rotating power after every five years with its arch rival AIADMK.
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