Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
|Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
|Leader in Lok Sabha||Ganesamoorthy|
|Founded||May 6, 1994|
|Headquarters||Thaayagam, Egmore, Chennai - 600008|
|Labour wing||Marumalarchi Labour Front|
|Alliance||National Democratic Alliance (1998-2004)
United Progressive Alliance (2004-2008)
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
|Politics of India
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK; Tamil: மறுமலர்ச்சித் திராவிட முன்னேற்றக் கழகம்) is a political party in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry formed in 1994 by Vaiko. It is a Dravidian Party.
Formation of MDMK
MDMK Another regional outfit on the lines of other dravidian parties has been started in 1994 by Vaiko, a vociferous member of Rajyasabha and an emotioal party activitist of DMK.Vaiko grew in the party from his student days. He actively participated in the party agitations and courted imprisonment several times. He was detained under MISA during emergency with other party leaders and workers. His style of speaking is his own, quoting world events and history, dragged many more to his side. Particularly the youths of DMK had a liking for him. His sympathy for Sri Lankan Tamils’ cause is world known.
On many occasions he took up the issue in Rajya Sabha and made hard hitting speeches. He was elected thrice to the Rajya Sabha by the DMK leadership. This fiery and emotion charged speaker had attracted the attention of many in parliament. He was always by the side of the DMK president when the DMK party was in crisis during MGR regime.
His popularity grew in size year after year, he was a full-time party speaker going rounds in Tamil Nadu to speak in DMK propaganda meetings.Particularly the youths of DMK had a liking for him. This created antagonism towards him by the leaders and was forced out of the Parent body on false charges.Political observers say that Vaiko was sidelined as he was seen as a threat to M.K. Stalin and other family members.His sympathy for the cause of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is widely known. He visited to the Jungles in vavuniya to meet LTTE supremo velupillai Prabhakaran. He was reprimanded by the DMK leadership for this act.
Some front liners of the DMK and many party workers came in support of him. Vaiko along with some district secretaries announced the decision to start rival DMK ultimately leading to naming of the part as MDMK.
He was elected General Secretary with Mr. L.Ganesan, Pon.Muthuramalingam (Dist. Secy Madurai) Gingee Ramachandran (Dist Secy South Arcot) as Chairman and Deputy & Secretary respectively and Mr.M.Kannappan being made Treasurer. He made journey by walk (Padayatra) from Kanyakumari to Chennai to highlight his party ideas. His brave act received kudos from the party rank and file.
He was a bitter critic of AIADMK Govt of Jayalalitha. This MDMK leader was the first political leader, to declare that if voted to power, his govt. would seize the properties and assets of the AIADMK Chief Minister and other Ministers. His party forged an alliance with CPI(M) and fought many issues.
His party in spite of being new to the people managed to come second pushing CPI candidate (DMK’s poll partner) to the third place in the Perundurai constituency. This was something an achievement for a party which was started just few months ago and that too with a new symbol (TOP)
With the looming possibility of a vote of confidence in Parliament against the UPA, Two party MP's, L Ganesan and Genjee N Ramachandran, claimed that they enjoy the support of the majority of party cadre, decided to pledge support to the UPA government.They later withdrew their claim and joined DMK when it was found that they had forged letters of support of Party executives.
Boycott of Assembly Election 2011
Due to issues in seat sharing, MDMK quit the ADMK Alliance and boycott the Assembly elections 2011 of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.The party was not interested in forming a third front or contesting alone in the elections as Such efforts will pave way for a baseless allegation that the MDMK is responsible for the victory of a particular front in the elections.
Party Flag & Symbol
The colour of the top and bottom panel is red and middle panel is black. Election symbol is top.
The party has a weekly journal "Sangoli" which carries news and write ups for party workers.
|Year||General Election||Votes Polled||Seats Won|
|1996||11th Lok Sabha||1,222,415||0|
|1998||12th Lok Sabha||1,602,504||3|
|1999||13th Lok Sabha||1,620,527||4|
|2004||14th Lok Sabha||1,679,870||4|
|2009||15th Lok Sabha||1,112,908||1|
|Year||General Election||Votes Polled||Seats Won|
|1996||11th Lok Sabha||13,397||0|
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- Official website of MDMK
- Puliyangudi Palanisamy
- Sangoli (weekly) Official magazine of MDMK party.
- Unofficial online version of Sangoli (weekly) Magazine of MDMK party.
- Unofficial Website of MDMK party
- Blog of a Vaiko's fan. Contains the speeches, videos and other news about Vaiko.
- Another blog of Vaiko's fans (MDMK cadres). Contains political & literature speeches of Vaiko and other news about Vaiko and MDMK in text and video forms.