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Kerala Congress (Thomas)

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Kerala Congress
LeaderP. J. Joseph
Secretary-GeneralRajan Kannattu
Split fromKerala Congress (Anti-merger Group)
Merged intoKerala Congress (Joseph)
Headquarters67, Kumaranasn Nagar, Kadavanthara, P.O. Ernakulam, Kerala.
Student wingKerala Students Congress (KSC)
Youth wingKerala Youth Front (KYF)
Women's wingKerala Vanitha Congress (KVC)
Labour wingKTUC
Cyber WingKerala Congress-IT cell and Kerala Youth Front-IT Cell
ColoursHalf white and half red
ECI Statusstate party
AllianceUDF
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 545
[1](currently 541 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha0
Number of states and union territories in government0
Election symbol
Chair (Indian Election Symbol).svg

Kerala Congress was a splinter group of Kerala Congress (Anti-merger Group), which itself was a splinter faction of Kerala Congress. P. C. Thomas was the chairman of the party. On 17 March 2021, P. C. Thomas announced that the party has merged with Kerala Congress (Joseph) to form Kerala Congress, with him being its Deputy Chairman.[2]

Association with National Democratic Alliance[edit]

In 2015 August, the Kerala Congress faction led by P. C. Thomas came out of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) following acute infighting and decided to join the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).[3] In March 2015 a faction led by Skaria Thomas had formed a new party Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) and decided to continue with the LDF.[4] In October 2020, it was reported that P. C. Thomas was leaving NDA and was likely to join the United Democratic Front (UDF).[5] The party however decided to stay in the NDA and extended their support to NDA candidates in the 2020 Kerala local elections.[6] On 2021 March 17 the party left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and merged with Kerala Congress (Joseph), which is part of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).[7]

Candidates in 2016 State assembly elections[edit]

Kerala congress participated in 2016 elections as a part of National Democratic Alliance. Party had been provided five seats in Kerala election.

Sl. No: District Constituency Name
1 Kottayam Kaduthuruthy Stephen Chazhikadan[8]
2 Ernakulam Kothamangalam P. C. Cyriac
3 Kollam Punalur Cicil Fernandenas[9]
4 Ernakulam Angamaly P.J Babu[10]

Main Leaders[edit]

  1. P. C. Thomas
  2. Rajan Kannattu
  3. Ahammed Thottathil
  4. Jose Maliyekkal
  5. Kallada Das
  6. Graceamma Mathew
  7. Gregorious Sakaria
  8. George Joseph
  9. Manakkara Radhakrishnan
  10. Augustine Vattakunnel
  11. P. J. Babu
  12. Justin Raj
  13. V Viswajith
  14. Shaiju Koshy
  15. Benny Mukhathala
  16. Vilakkuvattom Bhadran
  17. Perumon Shaji
  18. Adv. Milesh V. Paviyala
  19. Johny Chekkitta
  20. Sony Thomas
  21. Joy Gopooran
  22. Mukkam Baby
  23. Roy Ooramvelil
  24. Jacob Kuriakose

References[edit]

  1. "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. "P C Thomas to quit NDA; to merge with P J Joseph". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  3. "P.C. Thomas in NDA fold". The Hindu. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. Jacob, George (10 March 2015). "Scaria Thomas is chief of pro-LDF Kerala Congress". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  5. "Jolt to NDA as P C Thomas' Kerala Congress to quit alliance, likely to join UDF". The New Indian Express. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  6. "Kerala Congress (PC Thomas faction) announces support to NDA in local body polls". ANI. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  7. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-congress-thomas-faction-leaves-nda-ahead-of-assembly-polls-101615965428492.html
  8. Jacob, George (10 March 2016). "Tough fight in Kottayam district". The Hindu. Kerala. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  9. "Punalur too hot for candidates". Deccan Chronicle. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  10. Unnikrishnan, Hiran (13 May 2016). "Neck-and-neck battle in Angamaly". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 September 2019.



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