Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP)
Abbreviation RSP
Secretary General T.J. Chandrachoodan
Founded 1940
Headquarters 17, Firoz Shah Road, New Delhi – 110001
Student wing
Youth wing Revolutionary Youth Front
Women’s wing
Labour wing
Ideology Socialism, Communism, Marxism–Leninism
Political position Left-wing
ECI Status State Party
National convener
Seats in Lok Sabha 1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha – / 245
Election symbol Revolutionary Socialist Party
Helpline 011-23782167
Email id
Official Website
Alliance Left Front, United Democratic Front (2014-Present)

Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) Leaders Party Candidate List History

T.J. Chandrachoodan is the son of T.J. Janarthanan. As a student, Chandrachoodan obtained a M.A. degree from Kerala University in 1962 as first rank. During his university period he was active in the RSP student wing. He also worked as the weekly Kaumudi. In 1969 he began working as a lecturer at a college.

Chandrachoodan was elected general secretary of the RSP on 24 March 2008, at a national party conference held in Delhi. He is the third Keralite to head the RSP. He was considered a potential contender for a seat in the Rajya Sabha in 2009. According to press sources the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was interested in getting Chandrachoodan elected to the national parliament, because of his skills as an orator. The Anushilan Marxists had clearly supported Bose both in the presidential election as well by opposing the Pant resolution. Jogesh Chandra Chatterji renounced his CSP membership in protest against the action by the party leadership.

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He had played an important role in the UPA-Left Coordination Committee, which dealt with the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal. But the RSP Kerala State Committee secretary V.P. Ramakrishna Pillai and others in the Kerala leadership of the party opposed his candidature, and opted not to request the seat at the Left Democratic Front convention. In the subsequent election to the Rajya Sabha, the RSP requested that Chandrachoodan be nominated the LDF candidate but the CPI(M) was no longer interested in supporting his candidature.

In October 1949 the Kerala Socialist Party passed through a split. A section of its cadres, like N. Sreekandan Nair, Baby John and K. Balakrishnan, joined RSP and built a branch of the party in Kerala. Ahead of the 1952 general election, negotiations took place between RSP and the United Socialist Organisation of India.

USOI, a coalition of socialist groups, wanted RSP to join its ranks. RSP declined, but a partial electoral agreement was made. USOI supported RSP candidates in two Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, but in other constituencies USOI and RSP candidates contested against each other.

In the end three RSP candidates were elected, 2 from Bengal and 1 from Kerala. In 2000 a severe split affected the Kerala branch, when the regional party chief Baby John broke away and formed Revolutionary Socialist Party (Bolshevik). The RSP(B) joined the Congress-led United Democratic Front. RSP has always had its stronghold in West Bengal, but has branches in a total of 18 states. In Kerala, it is concentrated to the Kollam area, with support amongst fishing communities. Its Kerala branch originates from a split in the Kerala Socialist Party. K. Pankajakshan, general secretary until 2008, was a KSP member.