Left Democratic Front (Kerala)
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) is an alliance of centre-left to left-wing political parties in the state of Kerala, India. It is one of the two major political alliances in Kerala, the other being Congress-led UDF, each of which has been in power alternately for the last four decades. LDF won the May 2016 election and is currently in power. The alliance consists of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Kerala Congress (M), Nationalist Congress Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National League, and various smaller parties.
|Founder||E. M. S. Namboodiripad|
P. K. Vasudevan Nair
|Headquarters||AKG Centre, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
2 / 20
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
6 / 9
|Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly|
91 / 140
In the legislative assembly of 2006 to 2011, the LDF controlled a majority of 98 out of 140 seats in the state legislative assembly. CPI(M) leader V. S. Achuthanandan led the LDF government in Kerala following the 2006 Assembly Election. In the 2011 Kerala legislative assembly election, LDF lost to UDF but managed to gain 68 out of the 140 seats. V. S. Achuthanandan was thereafter elected the leader of the opposition. In the 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, the LDF won, gaining a majority of 91 out of 140 seats.
The history of LDF goes back to the Seven Party Front formed in 1967, which was an alliance of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Indian Union Muslim League, Samyukta Socialist Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Karshaka Thozhilali Party, and Kerala Socialist Party.
|No.||Party||Current No. of MLAs in Assembly|
|1||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||58|
|2||Communist Party of India||19|
|3||Janata Dal (Secular)||3|
|4||Kerala Congress (M)||2|
|5||Nationalist Congress Party||1|
|6||Indian National League||1|
|8||Kerala Congress (B)||1|
|9||Revolutionary Socialist Party (Leninist)||1|
|10||Loktantrik Janata Dal||0|
|11||Janadhipathya Kerala Congress||0|
|12||Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas)||0|
List of LDF MLAs in the Kerala NiyamasabhaEdit
The LDF is the ruling alliance in Kerala which has 91 seats out of the 140 in the Kerala Niyamasabha. The following list shows the MLAs belonging to LDF in the Niyamasabha.
2020 Kerala local body electionsEdit
Elections to local bodies (Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations) in Kerala were held in December 2020. The polling was held in three stages; on 8, 10 and 14 December, with the votes being counted on 16 December. LDF registered a sweeping victory in the local body election. LDF won 514/941 Gram Panchayats; 108/152 Block Panchayats; 10/14 District Panchayats; 35/86 Municipalities and 3/6 Corporations. Also won 7623/15962 Gram Panchayats wards; 1088/2076 Block Panchayats wards; 170/331 District Panchayats wards; 1263/3122 Municipal wards and 196/414 Corporation wards.
On 2 October 2009, more than 300,000 activists of CPI(M) formed a 500 km long human chain to protest the free trade agreement signed between India and Association of South East Asian Nations.
On 7 December 2011, the LDF 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.
LDF launched its website ahead of 2011 Kerala Assembly Election.
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