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Puthiya Needhi Katchi (translation: New Justice Party), is a political party in Tamil Nadu, India. It is headed by A.C. Shanmugham, a former AIADMK member. The party was started just before the 2001 Tamil Nadu assembly election. The leader of the party claims to represent Mudaliars and he argued that Vanniars have exploited the political machinery in Tamil Nadu through Pattali Makkal Katchi to attain reservation benefits and political representations.[1] In September 2009, the party renamed itself as Needhi Katchi by dropping the pudhiya (lit. new) prefix.[2]

Puthiya Needhi Katchi
LeaderA.C. Shanmugham
AllianceNDA in 2014 (lok sabha election)


  1. ^ A. K. J. Wyatt (2002). "New Alignments in South Indian politics: The 2001 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Asian Survey. 42 (5): 743–744. doi:10.1525/as.2002.42.5.733. JSTOR 3038896.
  2. ^ "Puthiya Needhi Katchi gets a makeover". Indian Express. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010.