Left Democratic Front (Kerala)

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For the political alliance in Maharashtra, see Left Democratic Front (Maharashtra).
Left Democratic Front-LDF Keralam
Leader V. S. Achuthanandan
Founder E. M. S. Namboodiripad
Founded 1976
Headquarters AKG Centre, A. Raghavan Road Thiruvananthapuram - 695 034.
Ideology Communism,
Socialism
Political position Left-wing to Centre-left
Seats in Lok Sabha
8 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245

Left Democratic Front (LDF) is a coalition of left leaning political parties in the state of Kerala, in India. It is one of the two major political coalitions in Kerala, the other being the United Democratic Front each of which have been in power alternatively for the last two decades. LDF won the May 2016 election, and is now in power. The coalition consists of Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) as well as a variety of other smaller parties.

In the legislative assembly of 2006 to 2011 the LDF controlled a majority of 99 out of 140 seats in the state legislative assembly. Veteran CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan led the LDF government in Kerala following the 2006 Assembly Election. The Kerala State legislative assembly election, 2011 saw a tight contest [1] between the two coalitions. After the polls, the LDF came close second to the UDF by winning 68 out of the 140 seats. V.S. Achuthanandan was thereafter elected the leader of the opposition.[2] In the Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016 the LDF won and gained majority of 91 out of 140 seats.

Current strength in Legislative Assembly[edit]

Members of LDF and their representation in Kerala Legislative Assembly after 2016 election are as follows:

  1. Communist Party of India (Marxist) - 58
  2. Communist Party of India - 19
  3. Janata Dal (Secular) - 3
  4. Nationalist Congress Party - 2
  5. Indian Congress (Socialist) - 1
  6. Kerala Congress (B) - 1
  7. Revolutionary Socialist Party (Leninist) - 1
  8. Communist Marxist Party - 1
  9. Janadhipathya Kerala Congress - 0
  10. Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) - 0
  11. Indian National League - 0
  12. LDF Supported Independents - 5

LDF has eight subcommittees:[citation needed]

  • Agriculture
  • Cooperative
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Youth & Sports

Political activism[edit]

On 2 October 2009, more than 30 lakh activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) formed a 500 km long human chain to protest the free trade agreement signed between India and Association of South East Asian Nations.[3]

On 7 December 2011, the Left Democratic Front organized a 208 km human wall demanding the construction of a new dam in place of the present 115 year leaky dam at Mullapperiyar. The human wall was the second longest of the kind in Kerala which stretched across two districts.[3]

Left Democratic Front (LDF) launched its website ahead of 2011 Kerala Assembly Election.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sreejan, B. (2011-05-10). "Kerala exit polls today, close contest predicted". The Express News Service. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Achuthanandan elected leader of CPI-M; will head LDF opposition in Kerala". rediffnews. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  3. ^ a b "208-km human chain formed for new Kerala dam". Hindustan Times. 
  4. ^ Nair, N.J. (2011-03-18). "Assembly polls log on to cyberspace". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

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