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Left Democratic Front is a coalition of left-wing political parties in the state of Kerala, India. It is one of the two major political coalitions in Kerala, the other being the UDF each of which have been in power alternatively for the last two decades. LDF won the May 2016 election, and is now in power. The coalition consists of CPI(M), CPI and variety of other smaller parties.

Left Democratic Front (Kerala)
LeaderPinarayi Vijayan
FounderE. M. S. Namboodiripad
Founded1979
HeadquartersAKG Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
IdeologyCommunism
Marxism-Leninism
Political positionLeft-wing to Far-left
Seats in Lok Sabha
8 / 545
[1](currently 518 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
4 / 245
Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly
91 / 140

In the legislative assembly of 2006 to 2011 the LDF controlled a majority of 99 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.[2] 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.[3] In the Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016 the LDF won, gaining a majority of 91 out of 140 seats.

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Current strength in Legislative AssemblyEdit

Members of LDF and their representation in Kerala Legislative Assembly after 2016 election are as follows:

  1. CPI(M) - 59
  2. CPI - 19
  3. JD(S) - 3
  4. NCP - 2
  5. C(S) - 1
  6. KC(B) - 1
  7. INL - 1
  8. RSP(L) - 1
  9. LJD - 0
  10. JSS - 0
  11. KC(S) - 0
  12. LDF supported Independents - 4

LDF has eight subcommittees:[citation needed]

  • Agriculture
  • Cooperative
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Youth & Sports

Political activismEdit

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.[4]

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.[4]

LDF launched its website ahead of 2011 Kerala Assembly Election.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ Sreejan, B. (10 May 2011). "Kerala exit polls today, close contest predicted". The Express News Service. Retrieved 21 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Achuthanandan elected leader of CPI-M; will head LDF opposition in Kerala". rediffnews. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "208-km human chain formed for new Kerala dam". Hindustan Times.
  5. ^ Nair, N.J. (18 March 2011). "Assembly polls log on to cyberspace". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 November 2011.

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