Paattali Makkal Katchi (English: Working Peoples Party , abbreviated in English as PMK) may be a party in Tamil Nadu , India, founded by S. Ramadoss in 1989 as a political outfit for the Vanniyars (OBC), the dominant caste in northern Tamil Nadu . its currently a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
PMK was founded by S. Ramadoss, an activist, on 16 July 1989. before the 2004 elections, PMK joined the Democratic Progressive Alliance, a broad Tamil political front which also included the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Indian National Congress (INC), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Indian Union Muslim League. PMK was ready to obtain a big share of power both within the regional government in Tamil Nadu and therefore the Central Government thanks to a big number of seats they obtained which helped the United Progressive Alliance ( UPA-I ) to make the govt .
Following the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the PMK joined the United Progressive Alliance led by the INC. In June 2008, during the ultimate months of the bitter relationship between the DMK and therefore the PMK, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu severed its ties with the PMK, an outdoor supporter of the Karunanidhi Government.However, the DMK didnt press for the partys removal from the UPA Government at the Centre. On 26 March 2009, PMK declared that, it might join the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK ) led front and left the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
PMK contested within the 2014 Lok Sabha election in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA and its candidate Anbumani Ramadoss won from Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency, where he was one among two non-AIADMK MPs from Tamil Nadu the opposite being from its ally BJP.