Kerala Congress (M)
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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 chairman K._M._Mani has died on 9 April 2019 and chairman post is vacant because of conflict in party and its leader and working chairman is P. J. Joseph; and its Deputy chairman is C.F. Thomas .
|Leader||C. F. Thomas|
|Parliamentary Chairperson||P. J. Joseph|
|Lok Sabha leader||Thomas Chazhikadan|
|Rajya Sabha leader||Jose K. Mani|
|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)|
|Teacher wing||Kerala Private College Teacher's Front|
|Colours||White and Red|
|ECI Status||State Party|
|Alliance||United 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
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. The college teacher's wing is Kerala Private College Teachers Front.
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.
|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|
Kerala Congress (M) broke its alliance from UDF in 2016. In June 2018 it again joined with the UDF.
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