Puthiya Tamilagam

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Puthiya Tamilagam
General SecretaryK. Krishnasamy
FounderK. Krishnasamy
Founded15 December 1997; 26 years ago (1997-12-15)
HeadquartersPothigai Illam,
1/2A, VGM Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600034, Tamil Nadu, India.
Student wingPT Students' Wing
Youth wingPT Youth Wing
Women's wingPT Women's Wing
Social equity
Political positionCentre-right
Colours  Maroon
ECI StatusUnrecognised party
AllianceAIADMK-led Alliance
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
0 / 234
Number of states and union territories in government
0 / 31
Party flag
Dr. K. Krishnasamy
Founder of the party

The Puthiya Tamilagam (transl. New Tamilagam; abbr. PT) is an Indian regional political party in Tamil Nadu. It was founded by the former member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly K. Krishnasamy on 15 December 1997.[1]


The PT contested the 1998 Lok Sabha elections by running in 10 constituencies.[2] It then decided to run in 10 seats in the 2001 state assembly elections, the latter in an alliance with the DMK. It won no seats in either case.[citation needed]

In the 2009 elections to the Lok Sabha, K. Krishnasamy secured 1,16,685 votes in Tenkasi, while the victory margin was 35,324 votes.[citation needed]

For the 2011 state elections, it allied with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party and won two seats: K. Krishnasamy secured 71,330 votes in Ottapidaram constituency and A. Ramaswamy secured 75,124 votes in Nilakkottai constituency.[3]

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw PT join with the DMK as part of the Democratic Progressive Alliance. It contested just the Tenkasi constituency, where Krishnasamy lost by 161,774 votes to the AIADMK candidate, M. Vansanthi.[citation needed]

The PT allied with the DMK for the 2016 state assembly elections and contested the seats of Ottapidaram, Srivilliputhur, Krishnarajapuram and Vasudevanallur. Krishnasamy lost to Sundarraj of the AIADMK by 493 votes in Ottapidaram.[citation needed]

For the 2019 Lok Sabha election, PT joined the AIADMK-BJP-PMK alliance in Tamil Nadu as part of the National Democratic Alliance. PT was allocated one constituency to contest, with Krishnasamy standing in Tenkasi for the sixth time.[4]

For the 2024 Lok Sabha election, Puthiya Tamilagam joined the AIADMK-led Alliance in Tamil Nadu.[5]

Election history[edit]

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly[edit]

Election Year Election Votes polled Won Change of Seats Alliance Result
2001 12th Assembly 355,171
0 / 10
New NDA Lost
2006 13th Assembly 64,600
0 / 1
No Change BSP Alliance Lost
2011 14th Assembly 146,454
2 / 2
Increase2 AIADMK+ Government
2016 15th Assembly 219,830
0 / 4
Decrease2 UPA Lost
2021 16th Assembly
0 / 60
No Change None Lost

Lok Sabha[edit]

Election Year Election Votes polled Won Change of Seats Alliance Result
1998 12th Lok Sabha
0 / 10
No change None Lost
1999 13th Lok Sabha
0 / 10
No change TMC(M) alliance Lost
2004 14th Lok Sabha
0 / 5
No change People's alliance Lost
2009 15th Lok Sabha
0 / 10
No change None Lost
2014 16th Lok Sabha 262,812
0 / 1
No change Democratic Progressive Alliance Lost
2019 17th Lok Sabha 355,870[6]
0 / 1
No change NDA Government
2024 18th Lok Sabha TBA TBA TBA AIADMK+ TBA

Members of Legislative Assembly (Tamil Nadu)[edit]

No Year Election Member Constituency
1 2011 14th Assembly K. Krishnasamy Ottapidaram
2 2011 14th Assembly A. Ramasamy Nilakottai

List of party leaders[edit]


No. Portrait Name
Term in office
Assumed office Left office Time in office
1 K. Krishnasamy
15 December 1997 Incumbent 26 years, 121 days

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Registered Unrecognised Parties". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Farming main source of livelihood". The Hindu. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Jaya takes lead in seat deal | Deccan Chronicle | 2011-02-16". Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Krishnasamy readies to fight in his stronghold Tenkasi for sixth time". The New Indian Express. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  5. ^ "அ.தி.மு.க.வுடனான பேச்சுவார்த்தை சுமுகமாக இருந்தது - கிருஷ்ணசாமி பேட்டி". Daily Thanthi (in Tamil). Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  6. ^ "General Election 2019 - Election Commission of India". Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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