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Kerala Political Background

Kerala politics is characterized by the shifting alliances, mergers, and factionalism within the groups. Since 1970, the politics in Kerala is dominated by two coalition groups: the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Indian National Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). These two coalitions have alternatively taken the power of Kerala since 1982. On July 1, 1949, the state of Travancore-Cochin came into being under the guidance of Home Minister of the new state. The capital remained at Trivandrum but the legislatures were combined. The new High Court was shifted to Cochin.

Political Parties in Kerala

Left Democratic Front (LDF), United Democratic Front (UDF), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Indian National Congress, Indian Union Muslim League, Kerala Congress

The Legislature

The state of Kerala has a unicameral lawmaking body with one house and parliamentary form of government.

State Legislative Assembly

Also called Niyamasabha, the Kerala Legislative Assembly comprises of 140 elected members and one nominated member of the Anglo Indian community. After the merging of three places on the basis of language, Kerala came into existence in 1956. Now assembly holds 140 seats and current CM is from UDF.

Kerala Lok Sabha Elections 2014- An Overview

The state of Kerala has 20 seats parliamentary seats.INC grabbed eight seats followed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) who got five seats. As per the last 2009 results, Congress came out victorious this time as well. INC formed an alliance government in the state. According to the exit polls, major coalition upfront LDF and UDF were supposed to get the maximum number of seats.

Upcoming Elections

BJP is gearing up to expand in Kerala eyeing for the power in the state in upcoming elections. At the same time, Kerala being very unstable political land has seen breaking and merging of major parties. In past, the alliance groups have majorly formed the governments in the state. In such scenario, it would be hard to predict who would win the next Lok Sabha seat from Kerala, but the high voltage drama is being geared up for the God’s own Country for sure. The Assembly seat would again be challenging to get amidst major parties representatives gearing up.

 

Quick facts for Kerala Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies20
Assembly Constituencies 140
Chief MinisterShri Pinarayi Vijayan
GovernorShri P Sathasivam
Ruling PartyCPM
Leader of the OppositionShri Ramesh Chennithala
High Court of JudicatureErnakulam, Kochi
Chief Electoral OfficerShri E. K. Majhi
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