Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) is a Political Party largely in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The party is headed by M Karunanidhi. The party has played a key role in the United Progressive Alliance in winning from South India in the 2009 Parliamentary Elections. Sources say the party is thinking of asking as many as 7 ministerial posts in the new cabinet. Upset with Congress for ignoring its dependability and with Congress-DMK talks failing, the DMK has decided not to join the Government but to support it externally.
The DMK is opposing the SC/ST Promotion Reservation Bill, which brings reservation for people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tributes in promotions of government jobs. The Party is demanding Other Backwards Castes (OBC) to be included in the bill.
February 18, 2011: DMK enters into an alliance with Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls. PMK has been allotted 31 assembly seats.
February 16, 2011: DMK says Manmohan Singh’s comments that the coalition politics was being a hindrance to governance will not affect its ties with Congress.
Over 2000 DMK members were arrested after they tried to take out a rally protesting the alleged abduction of over 100 Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka.
DMK Minister under trouble in the coalgate scam
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan linked to coalgate scam
DMK formally announces support for Pranab
DMK party formally decides to support Pranab Mukherjee for President of India
Prez poll: Sangma to meet Jagan in jail
Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, who has off late been appealing to the leaders of various political outfits to back his candidature in the race for Raisina Hill, is expected to meet YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy in jail and seek his support.
Mukherjee will win Prez poll with overwhelming majority: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Saturday expressed confidence about Finance Minister and UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee winning the presidential poll with an overwhelming majority.
‘P.A. Sangma has failed in state politics’: Meghalaya CM
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has called former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma a failure in state politics.
A Raja visits Lok Sabha constituency
Former Telecom Minister and prime accused in the 2G-spectrum scam A. Raja visited his Lok Sabha constituency of Niligiris on Sunday.
Race to Raisina Hill: Sangma seeks Advani’s support
Former Lok Sabha speaker and NCP leader P.A. Sangma met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani here on Friday to seek support for his candidature for the coveted post of President of India
Congress slams BJP for demanding Chidambaram’s resignation
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mounting pressure on the UPA Government to sack Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Congress leader Rashid Alvi termed their demands to be illogical and advised the opposition leaders to first sort out their internal fight before talking about baseless issues.
BJP, Congress war of words intensifies over Chidambaram
Hours after the Madras High Court declined to dismiss a petition challenging the election of P Chidambaram to the Lok Sabha in 2009, the bitter war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Congress party intensified with the later coming out again in support for the Home Minister.
BJP wants Chidambaram sacked
After the Madras High Court declined to dismiss a petition challenging P. Chidambaram’s election to the Lok Sabha in 2009, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday demanded that the Congress government to immediately ‘sack’ the Home Minister.
Subramanian Swamy tells PM sack Chidambaram or step down
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday demanded Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s resignation for not asking Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to step down from his post.
President poll race hots up, DMK leaders meet PM
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders T R Baalu and M K Stalin on Thursday met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and are believed to have discussed the issue of selection of a candidate for the presidential election.
Election row: Madras HC blow to Chidambaram, to face trial
In a major blow to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, the Madras High Court (HC) on Thursday refused to reject a plea filed by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader RS Raja Kannappan challenging the former’s election from the Sivaganga constituency in the May 2009 Lok Sabha elections, making way for the home minister’s trial.
Petrol price cut not adequate, it is “hogwash”, “betrayal”, “fraud,” says BJP
Slamming the partial rollback of petrol prices by State oil companies, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dismissed the move, calling it “hogwash”, “betrayal” and “fraud” against the people.
Petrol prices down by Rs. 2 post midnight
In a much-needed respite to the beleaguered consumers, the oil companies on Saturday announced a partial rollback in petrol prices by Rs. 2.
Karunanidhi does a U-turn, will stay with UPA
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday did a U-turn over his earlier threat of withdrawing support from the UPA, and said that his party will continue to support the ruling alliance.
Petrol price hike: DMK talks tough, threatens to pull out
Key ally of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II) at Centre, the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), on Wednesday demanding a rollback of petrol prices, calling the hike “anti people.”
‘Economy is deteriorating rapidly’, says Yechury on UPA-II’s three years
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday hit out at UPA II as it completed three years in office, saying the government had failed to curb corruption, inflation and unemployment.
NCP says will toe UPA line on choice for president
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday categorically stated that being a part of the ruling UPA Government, it would take a decision on who would be the next president of India with the widest possible consensus.
Govt. to pass Pension Bill after consulting TMC: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said the government will pass the Pension Bill after consulting its key ally Trinamool Congress.
Manmohan Singh on 2-day Tamil Nadu visit (Amended)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will bendertaking a two-day visit of Tamil Nadu from Sunday, during which,issues such as the Mullaperiyar Dam row, the stalled Koodankulam project, financial assistance and additional power to the state are likely to be discussed.
Kapil Sibal urges opposition to have debate on Copyrights Bill
Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, who introduced the Copyrights Bill in the Rajya Sabha, today urged the opposition parties to have a debate before rejecting the bill unanimously.
MDMK leader warns of economic blockade over Mullaperiyar Dam row
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko Gopalaswamy has called for economic blockade in order to exert pressure on the Kerala government, which is demanding for decommissioning of the controversial Mullaperiyar Dam.
Discuss all viewpoints before starting work in Kudankulam nuke plant: Karunanidhi
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi has said that all viewpoints have to be taken into account before starting any work on the disputed Kudankulam nuclear power plant Tamil Nadu.
DMK holds one day fast over Mullaperiyar Dam row
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) activists began a one-day state-wide fast in Tamil Nadu, demanding the Central Government’s intervention in resolving the Mullaperiyar Dam row.
DMK conducts meeting to discuss Mullaperiyar dam row
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday held a crucial meeting to decide the party’s stand over the Mullaperiyar dam row that is the bone of contention between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Set up of Koodankulam nuclear plant should be abandoned, says MDMK leader
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko Gopalaswamy says plans to set up a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu should be abandoned.
Kanimozhi receives warm reception from DMK supporters in Chennai
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, who was granted bail in the 2G spectrum scam by court on November 28, today arrived in Tamil Nadu to a thunderous welcome by the party’s supporters.
Kanimozhi confident of proving her innocence in 2G case
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, who was granted bail in the 2G spectrum scam by court on November 28, on Saturday said she would prove her innocence and get out of the case legally.
Charges of land grabbing are false, says Stalin
Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party leader M.K. Stalin today assailed the ruling Tamil Nadu government of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) headed by Jayaram Jayalalithaa.
Rajinikanth’s daughter ties knot with Stanford graduate in Chennai
Film star Rajinikanths daughter Soundarya wed Ashwin, a Stanford graduate, here on Friday. The typical Brahmin ceremony was organised at the Rani Meyammai Hall in Chennai. ANI
Jayalalithaa to take on DMK ahead of next years assembly polls
Aiming to step up her campaign for the next years assembly polls, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa will lead a protest against the ruling Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Government at Tiruchirappally on August 24 against price rise and the failure to tackle it. ANI
All-party delegation to meet visiting Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam party has decided to lead an all-party delegation and call on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his ensuing visit to India. ANI
CPI (M) accuses PM of going soft on IPL-bid accused
Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M) on Sunday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for being biased towards his coalition partners and party members allegedly involved in the Indian Premier League-bid controversy. ANI
Karunanidhi to take up Sri Lankan Tamils issue with PM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief, M Karunanidhi, on Sunday said that he would discuss issues related to rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamilians with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ANI
Karunanidhi congratulates Sonia Gandhi on taking charge as NAC chief
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday congratulated Congress President Sonia Gandhi on taking charge as the chief of the National Advisory Council (NAC). ANI
Prime Minister hints at no fuel price rollback
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday hinted that his Government may not initiate a rollback on fuel prices, and said that the economy has the capacity to absorb the hike without setting any inflationary pressure. ANI
Sri Lanka assures Indian parliamentary delegation on Tamil refugees resettlement
The resettlement of Tamil refugees would begin soon, Sri Lanka has assured an Indian parliamentary delegation. ANI
Tamil Nadu delegation leaves for Sri Lanka
A delegation of Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu left for Sri Lanka this afternoon for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the relief camps. ANI
Tamil Nadu MPs to leave for Sri Lanka today
A delegation of Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu will leave for Sri Lanka today for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the relief camps. ANI
BJP opposes portrayed of MK Stalin as a god
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has opposed the portrayal of Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin as Hindu God Subramaniyam. ANI
Rahul holds meeting with Congress activists, farmers in Thanjavur
All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu, visited Thanjavur on Wednesday and held meetings with Youth Congress activists and farmers. ANI
Ambika Soni takes over as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Ambika Soni on Monday assumed office as the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting. ANI
Karunanidhis son appointed Tamil Nadus Deputy CM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhis son, M K Stalin, was on Friday appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. ANI
Kanimozhi opts out of Cabinet race, DMK likely to join UPA by Monday (Lead - DMK talks)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhis daughter Kanimozhi is reported to have decided not to push for a berth in the Union Cabinet, and told reporters outside her Chennai residence that a clear announcement on DMK decisions will be made on Monday. ANI
DMK shows the door to T.R. Baalu
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DravidaMunnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi is said to have reached a compromise with senior party leaders individually at his residence here on Sunday over Cabinet portfolios. ANI
Karunanidhi battles to end family impasse over Cabinet berths(Update-DMK)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi was meeting senior party leaders individually at his residence here on Sunday before taking a final call on whether the DMK would join the Congress-led UPA government or continue to offer outside support. ANI
Congress did not approach DMK on portfolios issue: Azhagiri
Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and eldest son of party supreme M. Karunanidhi, M. Azhagiri, created a political controversy of sorts on Sunday, when he said that the Congress leadership had not discussed portfolio allocation with the DMK during their meetings in New Delhi last week. ANI
Ghulam Nabi Azad plays down reports of any conflict with DMK
Congress general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu, Ghulam Nabi Azad discarded reports of ongoing tension between Congress and the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK). ANI
DMK considering PMs offer, says Karunanidhi
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Saturday said his party was considering Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs offer made on Friday about the berth allocations. ANI
Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Chennai today to pacify DMK
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to visit Chennai today to hold talks with Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief M Karunanidhi in a bid to break the stalemate over portfolio allocation. ANI
Ghulam Nabi Azad likely to visit Chennai to pacify DMK
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is likely to visit Chennai tomorrow to hold talks with Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief M Karunanidhi in a bid to break the stalemate over portfolio allocation. ANI