Kerala Congress (KEC)
Abbreviation KEC
Leader K. M. Mani
Founder K. M. Mani
Founded 9 October 1964
Headquarters State Committee Office, Near Star Theatre Junction, Kottayam South, Kerala.
Student wing Kerala Students Congress [KSC]
Youth wing Kerala Youth Front [KYF]
Women’s wing
Labour wing KTUC
Ideology Secular Democracy
Toiling Class Theory
Political position
ECI Status
National convener
Seats in Lok Sabha 1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha 1 / 245
Election symbol KEC
Helpline
Email id
Official Website http://pratichaya.com/
Alliance United Democratic Front
United Progressive Alliance
 Newspaper Pratichaya

 

Kerala Congress (KEC) Leaders Party Candidates

The Kerala Congress has suffered severe divisions and several factions (called groups) have emerged, all claiming the name ‘Kerala Congress’ in various times in its history. Factions included the parent under P. J. Joseph, KEC (Mani) under K. M. Mani, KEC (Balakrishna Pillai) under R. Balakrishna Pillai, and KEC (Jacob) under Johnny Nellore. The group that had retained the official recognition by the Election Commission of India to the name ‘KEC’ was the one led by P. J. Joseph (which is informally called the Joseph group) until 2010.

KEC made claims to the Idukki Lok Sabha seat within the United Democratic Front for the 2014 elections. There was a strong sentiment against the sitting congress M.P, P. T. Thomas because of his stand on the Kasturirangan Report. Francis George, who was earlier M.P. from the constituency, was very vocal against the Kasturirangan Report and had mobilized the people in protest along with several other banners. The Congress high command denied seat to KEC and Mr. Dean Kuriakose was announced as the UDF candidate.

The LDF tactically didn’t announce its candidate in the hope of pulling over a winnable candidate like Francis George or P. C. Joseph from KEC, who were spearheading the protests against the Kasturirangan Report. But Francis George openly refused the offer to contest under the LDF banner. Finally Mr. Joice George, an advocate of ‘Highrange Samrakshana Samiti’, the forum set up against Kasturirangan Report, was fielded as LDF candidate and he went on to win the election banking on the sentiment against Kasturirangan Report. Just before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, on March 11, 2014, a few members led by Noble Mathew left KEC and form new fractional party named as Kerala Congress(Nationalist). This party is in alliance with BJP led National Democratic Alliance.

The KEC had under its banner a number of frontal organizations. Its student wing which had a domineering presence in many colleges in Kerala is called Kerala Student Congress (KSC). Its youth wing was called Kerala Youth Front (KYF). Its labour wing is called the Kerala Trade Union Congress (KTUC). The KEC had implemented a number of developmental projects and financial agendas for the toiling masses of Kerala.