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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. ....

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam News

Time-bound plan needed to address contaminated water (Feature)

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    11:30 am
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS/Mongabay) Groundwater in over 25,000 habitations across India is contaminated with excess arsenic and fluoride levels. To address the issue, a parliamentary committee has now asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) to devise a time-bound plan to achieve the target of supplying clean drinking water to the contaminated areas. View More..

When Tamil personalities, past and present, come alive (Book Review)

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    11:12 am
Title: Tamil Characters: Personalities, Politics, Culture; Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy; Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Pages: 321; Price: Rs 399 View More..

65 LS members, 29 RS members yet to declare assets

Posted On : Sep 03,2018,    12:52 pm
New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Sixty-five members of the Lok Sabha and 29 of the Rajya Sabha are yet to declare their assets and liabilities, a reply to a query under the RTI Act has revealed. View More..

Will the Dravidian movement be diluted with Karunanidhi's death? (Column: Political Circus)

Posted On : Aug 11,2018,    12:12 pm
There is little doubt that in the wake of M. Karunanidhis death, Tamil Nadu will enter an uncertain, even rocky, phase. It may take some time for the sense of disquiet and foreboding to become apparent. There may even be a period of relative calm as Karunanidhis chosen heir, his younger son, M.K. Stalin, assumes charge of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. View More..

India lost political stalwart: Telangana CM

Posted On : Aug 07,2018,    9:38 pm
Hyderabad, Aug 7 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said with the demise of M. Karunanidhi, India has lost a political stalwart and it will be difficult to fill the void. View More..

Of 18 states ruled by BJP, only one is in top five best-governed ones: Study

Posted On : Jul 27,2018,    1:10 pm
Mumbai, July 27 (IndiaSpend/IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), or a political alliance it is a part of, governs 18 of 29 states in India, home to nearly 63% of the countrys population. But only one BJP-ruled state, Himachal Pradesh, made it to the list of five best-governed states in India, according to a new study. View More..

Five books to look forward to in June 2018

Posted On : May 31,2018,    11:24 am
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The month gone by was one of many lessons for keen observers of contemporary Indian publishing. Over-hyped books, billed as astute and nuanced accounts like "Cyber Sexy", turned out to be major disappointments while surprise releases like "The Spy Chronicles" garnered international attention. View More..

Opposition should forge a state-specific anti-BJP front: Kamal Nath (IANS Interview)

Posted On : May 06,2018,    12:32 pm
New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The Congress cannot be isolated by those trying to form a Third Front or Federal Front, says senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, who feels that the opposition should come together with state-specific anti-BJP fronts to unseat the Modi government in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Probit regression model can almost accurately predict election outcomes (Comment)

Posted On : May 06,2018,    11:38 am
This year -- the year before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections -- was to witness elections in a total of eight states. Three are already done, and it will be interesting to see how voters' opinions shape electoral outcomes in the remaining five states. View More..

Rajya Sabha adjourned for day amid ruckus

Posted On : Mar 07,2018,    3:26 pm
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned for the day amid ruckus without transacting any business for third day in a row. View More..

Rajya Sabha suffers repeated disruptions, adjourned for day

Posted On : Mar 06,2018,    6:46 pm
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Tuesday adjourned for the day amid slogan-shouting by opposition and TDP members minutes after it met at 3.30 p.m. following multiple adjournments during the day. View More..

Come April, government will be more comfortable in Rajya Sabha (News Analysis)

Posted On : Feb 25,2018,    12:12 pm
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Come April, the opposition in the Rajya Sabha may lose its edge in the numbers game and the power to stall any government bill, as the ruling BJP-led NDA coalition is set to catch up with its rivals, though a clear majority will elude them for a while more. View More..

Raja accuses Vinod Rai of his 'political murder', wants him prosecuted

Posted On : Jan 20,2018,    9:54 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Calling former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai a "murderer", former Union Telecom Minister A. Raja on Saturday said Rai should be prosecuted for "cheating". View More..

Dinakaran meets 'silent' aunt Sasikala in jail

Posted On : Dec 28,2017,    7:20 pm
Bengaluru, Dec 28 (IANS) Upbeat after his victory in the recent R.K. Nagar by-poll, AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran called on his "silent" aunt and sidelined party leader V.K. Sasikala at the central prison here on Thursday, a party official said. View More..

EC allots 'two leaves' symbol to AIADMK led by TN CM

Posted On : Nov 23,2017,    4:12 pm
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) In a blow to the AIADMK faction led by the now jailed V.K. Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran, the Election Commission on Thursday allotted the hugely popular "two leaves" symbol to the faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. View More..

AIADMK symbol row: Both factions submit documents, Dinakaran group seeks more time for rebuttal

Posted On : Nov 13,2017,    8:16 pm
New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) Both the warring factions of the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday submitted to the Election Commission their final arguments in writing laying their claim to the partys 'Two Leaves symbol. View More..

Delhi hawala operator held in Dinakaran bribery case

Posted On : Apr 28,2017,    2:38 pm
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) A hawala operator from old Delhi was arrested here on Friday in connection with T.T.V. Dinakaran's bribery case, police said. View More..

EC bribery case: Delhi police leaves for Chennai with Dinakaran

Posted On : Apr 27,2017,    1:58 pm
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A day after a court here remanded AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran to five-day's police custody, a Crime Branch team on Thursday flew him and his aide Mallikarjuna to Chennai for further investigations into the alleged attempt to bribe officials of the Election Commission to release the party's "two leaves" symbol. View More..

EC freezes AIADMK symbol, neither faction can use party name

Posted On : Mar 22,2017,    11:54 pm
Chennai, March 22 (IANS) The Election Commission in an interim order late Wednesday night froze the 'two leaves' poll symbol of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK and also decided that neither of the two factions will use the party's name. View More..

The woman who brought drinking water, toilets to a lost panchayat

Posted On : Mar 11,2017,    3:20 pm
Melamarungoor, Sivagangai district (Tamil Nadu): Mazharkodi Dhanasekar has a radiant smile and is keen to talk about her achievements, which, as it emerges, are considerable: Building 650 toilets and making her panchayat in southern Tamil Nadu free of open-defecation. 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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