Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (in Tamil: தேசிய முற்போக்கு திராவிடக் கழகம், meaning National Comical Dravidian Federation) is a regional political party formed by Tamil cinema actor Vijayakanth in Tamil Nadu along the lines of the regional Dravidian political parties. He formally announced party formation on September 14, 2005 at Madurai. The party head office is in Koyambedu, Chennai.
Vijayakanth This party contested in all 234 seats in the state elections in May 2006 with Vijayakanth contesting in Vridhachalam. The party polled almost 3 million votes (about 10% share),(which was surprisingly good show for a new party). All the candidates of the DMDK with the exception of Mr.Vijaykanth lost the elections in 2006. Vijaykanth has declared that he would not ask donations for his party, and most of the funding for the party comes from his own pocket.He has so far rejected alliances with other political parties. In a recent by-elections to Madurai Central assembly constituency DMDK has secured around 17000 votes which is just 2000 votes less than ADMK. DMDK was also able to secure significant number of seats in Local Body elections. DMDK went national in the year 2007 by contesting in the Mumbai local body elections.The party believes in the abundant number of Tamils residing in Dhaaravi and other areas of Mumbai Vijaykanth and his party are Contesting in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls as an independent party in all 40 constituencies in the state. There were rumors about Vijaykanth forming an alliance with either the AIADMK or BJP but nothing materialized. Eventually he is contesting alone in all the constituencies in Tamilnadu and Pondy. The campaign is going on in full swing for the elections that are due on May 13th 2009.