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Karunanidhi sees no useful announcement in budget
March 25, 2015 05:43 PM
DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday said that there was no useful announcement for the people in the 2015-16 budget presented by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. In a statement issued in Chennai, Karunanidhi said that the budget does not answer questions such as the non-availability of pulses in the ration shops, ensuing drinking water scarcity, the time when there will not be any power deficit and when the state would achieve the target of 3,000 MW solar power capacity. He said that the budget does not have anything on the payment of sugarcane arrears to farmers or the procurement price of paddy and sugarcane. Source: IANS
Tax free budget in Tamil Nadu
March 25, 2015 01:53 PM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented a tax-free budget for fiscal 2015-16 in Chennai on Wednesday, while announcing various concessions on value added tax (VAT). Panneerselvam said that the government had decided against imposing additional taxes despite the severe financial burden and the slow growth in the state's tax revenues. Panneerselvam exempted fishing accessories like ropes, floats, twine, fishing lamps and swivels from VAT. Similarly, mosquito nets have been exempted from VAT. Panneerselvam reduced the VAT rates on cardamom, LED lamps, air compressors, cell phones and pump sets. He said that the electricity tax on power generating plants using biomass would be withdrawn. Source: IANS
2G money laundering case: Statements of Raja, Kanimozhi recorded
March 25, 2015 10:02 AM
Former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and three other accused's statement were recorded by a court New Delhi on Tuesday in connection with a money laundering case related to 2G spectrum allocation. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini recorded the statement of Raja, Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, and Kalaignar TV's managing director Sharad Kumar in the case. The court on March 4 has supplied a draft copy of the questionnaire of 400 questions to the accused which they have to answer as part of their statement in the case. Raja and other accused claimed innocence in the case. The court on February 26 concluded recording of statements of prosecution witnesses. It had on October 31, 2014 framed charges of money laundering against Raja, Kanimozhi and the others. Source: IANS
Government should rethink land bill: Karunanidhi
March 20, 2015 01:51 PM
DMK president M. Karunanidhi urged the central government on Friday not to go ahead with the land acquisition bill and reconsider it. "All the political parties and Anna Hazare (social activist) are opposing the land bill," Karunanidhi said, addressing a rally held in Chennai by the party against the bill. The DMK president said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that the land bill would not be implemented in his state. The central and state governments should rethink about the land bill, Karunanidhi said, urging them to shun arrogant attitude and learn from history. He accused the ruling AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu of changing its stance on the bill in two years and said that it extended its support to the bill owing to self-interest. The DMK held protests across the state on Friday, condemning the Bharatiya Janata Party government's attempts to pass the land bill in parliament despite stiff opposition across the country. Source: IANS
Impartial probe needed into Udangudi power project: Karunanidhi
March 19, 2015 10:37 AM
DMK president M.Karunanidhi on Wednesday wondered whether the AIADMK government would examine the reasons for cancellation of tender for the Udangudi power project and called for an impartial probe into the matter. In a statement issued in Chennai, Karunanidhi said that the tenders were floated in April 2013 and the technical bids were opened in October 2013 while the price bids were opened only in November 2014 and said that the delay in opening the bids leads to several questions and an impartial probe into this tender would reveal several truths. The project initially conceived by the DMK government in 2008 was to be executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB). In 2012, the AIADMK government under J.Jayalalithaa decided to cancel the joint venture with BHEL and decided to have the TNEB go alone on the project. Source: IANS

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About Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam



The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, translated as the 'Dravidian Progress Federation' is a breakaway faction of Periyar's political party called Dravida Kazhagam. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was formed in the year 1949 by C.N. Annadurai. It is a regional
political party with a centre-left political position and political ideologies of Social Democracy, Democratic Socialism and Populism. Its mass base is in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India. It formed coalition with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from 1999 to 2004. From 2004 to early 2013, the DMK was in alliance with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-1 and UPA-2, respectively). In March 2013, the DMK withdrew support from the UPA, over the issue of alleged human rights violation on the Sri Lankan Tamils. Periyar carved out 'Dravida Kazhagam' from the Justice Party in 1944. The newly formed Dravida Kazhagam was seen as a political movement, demanding the creation of a separate state for Dravidians, which would not have Hindi as its official language. The Dravida Kazhagam, in other words, was a political party fighting for the cause of the anti-Hindi belt in the Madras Presidency. Soon however, differences began to creep in between Periyar and other members of the party. C.N. Annadurai, along with other senior leaders in the Dravida Kazhagam, such as N.V. Nataranjan, E.V.K. Sampath and others, split from the Dravida Kazhagam and formed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

The present president of the party, leading the DMK from 1969 onwards, is M. Karunanidhi, who has remained the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Veteran superstar from the south, M.G. Ramachandran, popularly called M.G.R, was an active member of the DMK in its growing years. He had joined the party in 1953, popularizing the party ideologies, aims and objectives. However, there were tensions between Karunanidhi and M.G.R, over internal working and leadership struggle within the party. Soon M.G.R exited from the party, forming his own political party which famously came to be known as the AIADMK. Karunanidhi has hence, been the head of the DMK, taking all important decisions.

The DMK won the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections in 2006, with Karunanidhi as the Chief Minister from 2006 to 2011, when the AIADMK took over the governance of the state.

Election Symbol and its Significance


The Election Symbol of the DMK, as approved by the Election Commission of India, is the "Rising Sun" with the sun rising between two mountains. This symbol is very significant as people in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry immediately connect with the symbol. In fact, there is a English weekly by the name 'The Rising Sun' made available in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The symbol of the "Rising Sun" is significant as it directly links with the history of the Dravidian people and their political movement, which was carried forward by Periyar and his political initiatives. The aim of the Kazhagam, according to the party documents, is to strive and forge a Dravidian cultural co-operation among the four states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. This co-operation is essentially to be on the lines of linguistic similarities, such as to fight the dominance of Hindi-speaking belt. In other words, the DMK's election symbol is prominent as it portrays a "rising" spirit of the Dravidian people, so as to bring to themselves, the lights of life, like the rays of the sun. The DMK aims to work within the ambit of the Indian Constitutional ideals of sovereignty, unity and integrity, along with the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism. In other words, the "Rising Sun" symbol is apt to describe the political ideals and aims of the DMK.


National Executives of DMK


The leaders of the DMK, who are also the national executives of the party, are listed below:
  • Muthuvel Karunanidhi, President of DMK
    Popularly called "Kalaignar" or the "artist" by members of the DMK, Karunanidhi has led the party since the death of its founder Annadurai. He holds a significant record in the last 60 years, of winning each election, from any constituency in Tamil Nadu. In fact it is because of Karunanidhi, that the DMK holds the distinction of being the first party, besides the Congress, to win state-level elections with thumping majority.
  • K. Anbazhagan, General Secretary of DMK
    Anbazhagan has remained an MLA for nine times during the various DMK governments in Tamil Nadu.
  • T.R. Baalu, Leader in Lok Sabha
    Baalu is the leader of the DMK in the lower house of Parliament. He is a veteran leader and has been elected to the Lok Sabha four times in a row. He represents the Sriperumbudur constituency.
  • A.K. Jinnah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    Jinnah represents Tamil Nadu as a member of the DMK in the Rajya Sabha.
  • K.P. Ramalingam, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    He represents Tamil Nadu as a member of the DMK in the Rajya Sabha.
  • Kanimozhi, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    She is the daughter of president Karunanidhi and is the chief of the DMK's wing for Art, Literature and Rationalism.
  • Vasanthi Stanley, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    She is a journalist and represents Tamil Nadu as a member of the DMK in the Rajya Sabha.

The following leaders of the DMK along with the Constituency they represent. They are also MPs in the 15th Lok Sabha.
  • S. Jagathrakshakan (Arakkonam constituency)
  • T.M. Dayanidhi (Chennai Central constituency)
  • T.K.S. Elangovan (Chennai North constituency)
  • R. Thamaraiselvan (Dharmapuri constituency)
  • Adhi Shankar (Kallakurichi constituency)
  • S.S. Palanimanickam (Thanjavur constituency)
  • T.D. Venugopal (Tiruvannamalai constituency)


Achievements of DMK


As a regional political party, and by forming governments in Tamil Nadu, the DMK has had some significant achievements. Some of these are listed below:
  • The DMK has initiated all-round development in the villages of Tamil Nadu, by implementing the famous 'Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme', which ensures employment to the youth in villages of Tamil Nadu.
  • Impetus has been given to industrial growth in the state, by improving the condition of roads, building four-lane and six-lane roads and constructing bridges across the state.
  • Various projects, linking up rivers within the state have been implemented. Examples of such projects are Cauvery-Gundaru Linking Project taken up at a cost of Rs.189 crores; Tamirabarani-Karumeniyaru-Nambiyaru Linking Project taken up at a cost of Rs.369 crores.
  • A historic food security scheme has been launched in the state, wherein lakhs of beneficiaries have been given rice at rupees one per kilogram of rice. Also, distribution of palm oil, red gram, black gram, suji, maida and fortified wheat flour under Special Public Distribution system at subsidized rates have been initiated. Again, 5 Eggs or Bananas per week as part of Nutritious Noon Meal, has been started by the DMK.
  • Zero interest on agricultural loans has been implemented, to help farmers carry on their agricultural activities more comfortably.
  • More than one crore of people have been given free house sites in the state, for construction of a proper shelter with government aid.
  • In protest against Hindi being made the official language, the DMK has successfully introduced Tamil as a compulsory language till 10th standard, in all schools in the state of Tamil Nadu.


Contact Details


Official Website of DMK: http://www.dmk.in/
Head-Office Address of DMK: 'Anna Arivalayam', 367-369, Annasalai, Teynampet, Chennai - 600 018
Email id: risingsun@trbaalu.in

DMK Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha Election Results Year Wise


Lok SabhaVidhan Sabha
StateLatest YearSeats WonLatest YearSeats Won
Puducherry2014020112
Tamil Nadu 20140201123


Last Updated on March 10, 2015


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