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Impact of the Kerala Congress(M) on the Left Democratic Front

The Kerala Congress(M) holds the capacity to alter the equilibrium of coalition politics in Kerala. However, for the Left Democratic Front to benefit from the KC(M)’s entry into its fold, an extended harmonious partnership at the grassroots level is necessary.

The Kerala Congress (KC[M]) decided to leave the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and to cooperate with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI[M])-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) in October 2020. The KC(M) severed its ties with the UDF after a long 38 years, that is, since 1981. All these years, the KC(M) stood as one of the most important pillars of the UDF. This change may bring long-lasting reverberations on the electoral politics of Kerala. This article tries to look at the possible impacts of this change in the upcoming assembly election in Kerala.

The electoral politics in Kerala is dominated by alliances since the formation of the state in 1956. Although the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) got the majority in the first election in 1957 and formed the government, no party got a majority by itself after that. In other words, since 1960, that is, the second legislative assembly election onwards, Kerala was governed by alliances. The split in the CPI and the Congress in 1964 made alliances an inevitable arrangement for attaining majority and government formation in the state.

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Published On : 15th Feb, 2024

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