The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) perceived to be game-changers for any political formation in Tamil Nadu, were routed in the Lok Sabha polls in the State. The PMK, which first tasted success in the Lok Sabha polls in 1998, has not been able to revive its fortunes in the Parliamentary and Assembly elections held since 2009.The party propounded the politics of a pan-Tamil identity for a brief period, but took recourse to caste politics after its defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls and poor performance in the 2011 Assembly elections. Interestingly, the emergence of the DMDK had also shrunk the space for the PMK, though the parties were forced to sail together out of political compulsion in 2014 and now.
PMK suffered from the “anti-Vanniyar sentiment”, a natural corollary against any majority community that is politically dominant for a period of time. Despite the promises during the campaign the PMK party has failed to make any significant progress with regard to votes. On the other hand DMK has made a clean sweep. Is it the end of PMK in Tamil Nadu Politics? Only time will tell. On the national front Tamil has still managed to hold fort despite BJP winning in the other states.