Kerala Congress (M)

Kerala Congress (M) is a state-level political party in the Indian state of Kerala. It was formed in 1979, after a split from the Kerala Congress. Its founder is K. M. Mani.The chairman post is currently in dispute. Its current chairman is P J Joseph.

Kerala Congress (M)
AbbreviationKC(M)
LeaderC. F. Thomas
Parliamentary ChairpersonP J Joseph
Lok Sabha leaderThomas Chazhikadan
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, United Democratic Front (Kerala)
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly
5 / 140
Election symbol
Indian election symbol two leaves.svg

The party has five MLA in the Kerala Legislative Assembly and two MP; Jose K. Mani (Rajya Sabha) and Thomas Chazhikadan (Lok Sabha). It is one of the main party in UDF.It is also part in UPA (National level ).[3]. This party was a part of many UDF led Governments. Its founder K. M. Mani was the MLA of Pala (State Assembly constituency) from 1965 to 2019 without a break and the only person who was elected to Pala (State Assembly constituency) till 2019 after the formation of the constituency

In 2019 Indian general election Kerala Congress (M) won a seat ( Kottayam (Lok Sabha constituency) )

HistoryEdit

Kerala Congress (M) was formed in 1979 after a split with the parent some Kerala Congress party.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3]

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
1991
Minister Ministry
K. M. Mani Minister for Law & Revenue
Narayana Kurup Deputy Speaker

Kerala Congress (M) broke its alliance from UDF in 2016.[5] In June 2018 it again joined with the UDF.[6]

Main LeadersEdit

The following are the main leaders of the party:

Jose K Mani FactionEdit

Jose K Mani faction has been expelled from UDF on June 29, 2020

PJ Joseph FactionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 17.09.2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Kerala Congress (M) (KEC(M))". Elections.in. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Kerala Congress(J) pulls out of LDF". The Hindu. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Kerala Congress (Mani) ends 35-year alliance with United Democratic Front". scroll.in. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  6. ^ Minu Ittyipe (24 May 2018). "March Of K.M. Mani: Left, Right, Left, Right". Outlook.
  • G. Gopa Kumar. “Kerala: Verdict against Non-Performance and Congress Factionalism.” Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 39, no. 51, 2004, pp. 5498–5501. JSTOR 4415940.