All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK ) (lit. All India Anna Dravidian Progress Federation ) is an Indian political party in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry . It is currently in power in Tamil Nadu and is the third largest party in the Indian Parliament . It is a Dravidian party and was founded by M. G. Ramachandran (popularly known as MGR ) on 17 October 1972 as a breakaway faction of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). From 1989 to 2016, AIADMK was led by J. Jayalalithaa , who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on several occasions. Coalitions headed by the party have won the elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly seven times, making it the most successful political outfit in the state's history. The party headquarters is located in Royapettah , Chennai , Tamil Nadu , which was donated to the party in 1986 by Janaki Ramachandran , MGR's wife.