Kerala Congress (M)

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Kerala Congress (M)
AbbreviationKC(M)
LeaderK. M. Mani
Parliamentary ChairpersonP. J. Joseph
Rajya Sabha leaderJose K. Mani
FounderK. M. Mani
Founded1979
Split fromKerala Congress
HeadquartersState Committee Office, Near Fire Station, Kottayam, India.[1]
NewspaperPrathichaya weekly
Student wingKerala Students Congress (M)
Youth wingKerala Youth Front (M)
Women's wingKerala Vanitha Congress (M)
Labour wingKerala Trade Union Congress (M)
IdeologySecularism
ColoursWhite and Red
ECI StatusState Party[2]
AllianceUnited Progressive Alliance
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly
6 / 140
Election symbol
Indian Election Symbol Two Leaves.svg[1]

Kerala Congress (M) is a state-level political party in the Indian state of Kerala. It formed in 1979, after splitting from the Kerala Congress. Its leader and chairman is K. M. Mani; its working chairman is P. J. Joseph; and its Deputy chairman is C.F. Thomas.

As of July 2018, the party had six Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA's) in the Kerala Legislative Assembly and one member in Parliament, Jose K. Mani (Rajya Sabha). The party is in alliance with United Democratic Front (in Kerala) and United Progressive Alliance (Nationally).

Although among the oldest regional political parties still active, Kerala Congress has never come to power on its own, or even led a coalition, giving credence to the criticism that it is only a political outfit feeding to the parochial interests of certain sections.[3] The college teacher's wing is Kerala Private College Teachers Front.[4]

History[edit]

Kerala Congress (M) was formed in 1979 after a split with the parent some Kerala Congress party. Just before the general election held on 2011, Kerala Congress fraction of P. J. Joseph merged with KC(M). The earlier Kerala Congress (Secular), which split from P. J. Joseph group and was led by Eapen Varghese, merged with KC(M).

On 30 April 2010, another Kerala Congress faction led by P. J. Joseph, which was a constituent of Left Democratic Front (LDF), decided to break away and join the KC(M) to form a single united Kerala Congress. It split again and some leaders including Francis George, Dr. K. C. Joseph, Antony Raju, P. C. Joseph resigned from Kerala Congress (M) and started talking with LDF.

For the Kerala Assembly election, the united groups would be contesting under the banner and symbol of Kerala Congress (M), as directed by the Election Commission. The name Kerala Congress and its bicycle symbol have been claimed by the united group.

2011
Minister Ministry
K. M. Mani Minister for Finance, State Treasury, Taxes & Duties, Law and Housing (May 2011-November 2015)
P. J. Joseph Minister for Water Resources, Irrigation and Inland Navigation
Thomas Unniyadan Chief Whip (June-November 2015)
2001
Minister Ministry
K. M. Mani Minister for Law & Revenue
C. F. Thomas Minister for Rural Development
1996
Minister Ministry
K. M. Mani Minister for Law & Revenue
Narayana Kurup Deputy Speaker

Kerala Congress (M) broke its alliance from UDF in 2016. In June 2018 it again joined with the UDF.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/ElectoralLaws/OrdersNotifications/Symbols_Notification17.09.2010.pdf
  2. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ Jacob, George (2014-10-09). "50 years on, Kerala Congress tries to redefine itself". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  4. ^ "College teachers association launched". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  • G. Gopa Kumar. “Kerala: Verdict against Non-Performance and Congress Factionalism.” Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 39, no. 51, 2004, pp. 5498–5501. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4415940.