United Democratic Front (Kerala)

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United Democratic Alliance- UDF Keralam
Leader Ramesh Chennithala
Founder K.Karunakaran
Founded 1971
Headquarters Indira Bhavan, Vellayambalam, Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala)
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre
Seats in Lok Sabha
12 / 545
[1](currently 532 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
5 / 245
Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly
47 / 140

The United Democratic Front (UDF) is an alliance of political parties in Kerala state, India, created by the prominent Indian National Congress (INC) party leader Shri. K. Karunakaran in the 1970s.[2] Since its formation, the coalition has sustained itself on support from different social, caste and religious groups as a powerful bloc to take on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) led Left Democratic Front (LDF). This alliance is led by the INC party in the state of Kerala. In the 2016 Legislative assembly elections UDF just won 47 out of 140 seats and hence lost the power again to Left Democratic Front. Later in 2016 august KC(M)Kerala Congress (M) left the alliance.On 2018 January Janatha Dal(United) left the alliance from UDF. On 2018 Kerala Congress (M) made a re-entry to the front.

The parties in the alliance and their representation in Kerala Legislative Assembly post Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016 [3]are as follows:

  1. Indian National Congress (22) Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg
  2. Indian Union Muslim League (18) Flag of the Indian Union Muslim League.svg
  3. Kerala Congress (M) (6) Kerala Congress(m) Flag.gif
  4. Kerala Congress (Jacob) (1) Kerala-Congress-flag.svg
  5. Revolutionary Socialist Party (0) RSP-flag.svg
  6. All India Forward Bloc (0)

Past members[edit]

Party Withdrawal Date Reason for Withdrawal
Socialist Janata (Democratic) 2016 Merged with Janata Dal (United) for 2016 Elections
Kerala Congress (B) 2016 Withdrew alliance in a view to Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016
Communist Marxist Party (A) 2016 Withdrew alliance in a view to Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016
Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithy 2016 Withdrew alliance in a view to Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 27 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Who was K Karunakaran? - NDTV
  3. ^ http://eciresults.nic.in/PartyWiseResultS11.htm?st=S11