Kerala Congress (M)
Kerala Congress (M) is a state-level political party in the Indian state of Kerala, currently led by chairman Jose K. Mani. It was formed by K. M. Mani in 1979, after a split from the Kerala Congress. They are part of the Left Democratic Front since October 2020.
|Chairperson||Jose K. Mani |
|Lok Sabha leader||Thomas Chazhikadan|
|Founder||K. M. Mani|
|Split from||Kerala Congress|
|Headquarters||State Committee Office, Near Fire Station, Kottayam, India.|
|Student wing||Kerala Students Congress (M)|
|Youth wing||Kerala Youth Front (M)|
|Women's wing||Kerala Vanitha Congress (M)|
|Labour wing||Kerala Trade Union Congress (M)|
|Ideology||Welfare of toiling class|
|Colours||White and Red|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
1 / 543
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
0 / 245
|Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly|
5 / 140
Kerala Congress (M) was formed in 1979 after a split in Kerala Congress party. After a series of splits and mergers, Kerala Congress faction of P. J. Joseph merged with Kerala Congress(M). It split again when some leaders including Francis George, Dr. K. C. Joseph, Antony Raju and P. C. Joseph resigned from Kerala Congress (M) and formed the Janadhipathya Kerala Congress in 2016. Kerala Congress (M) quit the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 2016 citing issues with in the UDF, and rejoined it in June 2018 after reconciliation.
After the death of Kerala Congress (M) chairman K. M. Mani, his son Jose K. Mani tried to takeover the party without a fair election. A hostile takeover happened when Jose K. Mani convened a state committee meeting to elect himself as Chairman. However the working chairman P. J. Joseph and long-term K. M. Mani's ally and senior leader C.F Thomas tried to prevent this takeover. The majority of the party was with Joseph until the Election Commission ruled in favour of Jose K Mani because they had two MLAs in the Kerala Legislative Assembly and one MP in the Lok Sabha. The commission passed a majority verdict recognizing the faction led by Jose K. Mani as the Kerala Congress (M). This was challenged by P. J. Joseph in court and he was granted an interim stay order from court. The Jose faction approached the Supreme Court of India, and the court agreed with Election Commission's verdict.
Later the faction lead by P.J Joseph merged with Kerala Congress. The UDF Convenor Benny Behanan meet with Jose K Mani, and following the meeting, He announced that Jose faction was expelled from UDF as a result of a row in Kottayam district panchayat. The Jose faction later joined LDF.
Ministers from the Kerala Congress (M) factionEdit
|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)|
|K. M. Mani||Minister for Law & Revenue|
|C. F. Thomas||Minister for Rural Development|
|K. M. Mani||Minister for Law & Revenue|
|Narayana Kurup||Deputy Speaker|
With Left Democratic Front (Kerala) (2020-Present)Edit
Kerala Congress (M) joined hands with LDF on 2020 Kerala local elections held in December and also in the 2021 Kerala Legislative Assembly election. However KC(M) allegedly allowed a CPI(M) party member to contest as a KC(M) candidate from Piravam constituency. KC(M) contested on 12 seats and won 5 of them. However, KC(M) chairman Jose K Mani lost from Pala, considered as an important seat for the party.
The following are the main leaders of the party:
- Jose K. Mani
- N. Jayaraj
- Thomas Chazhikadan
- Roshy Augustine
- Sebastian Kulathunkal
- Stephen George
- Job Michael
- Pramod Narayan
K.M Mani, founder
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