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Quick facts - Kerala Legislative Assembly Election, 2011

Parliamentary Constituencies20
Assembly Constituencies 140
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
Chief MinisterShri Oommen Chandy
GovernorP Sathasivam
Chief Electoral OfficerE. K. Majhi
AddressElection Department, Kerala Legislative Complex Vikas Bhavan P.O., Thiruvananthapuram 695 033

Kerala Assembly Election 2016 Date

The state is getting ready for an interesting political battle in the summer of 2016. The Election Commission has announced 16 May as the date when all the 140 assembly constituencies will go to polls. According to the announcement, the polls will be conducted in one phase. The votes will be counted on 19 May.

Poll EventDates (All 140 ACs)
Date of NotificationApr 22, 2016
Last Date for filing NominationsApr 29, 2016
Date for scrutiny of nominationsApr 30, 2016
Last date for withdrawal of candidaturesMay 2, 2016
Date of pollMay 16, 2016
Date of countingMay 19, 2016
Date before which the election shall be completedMay 21, 2016

Note: All 140 ACs will go to poll on a single day.

Kerala Election 2016

As Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala, ends his tenure in May 2016, the state is getting ready for an interesting political battle in the summer of 2016. The coming few months are going to witness intensive speculations and political calculations in the state.

Kerala has traditionally been the stronghold of two main rivals – the centrist UDF (United Democratic Front) and the leftist LDF (Left Democratic Front) – with power changing hands at regular intervals. The Congress-led UDF won in 2011 by a narrow margin of four seats. The LDF is determined to come back in power. However, the BJP's entry has queered the pitch for both UDF and LDF in the state.

The BJP did not have a strong presence in Kerala till recently. It is in the aftermath of encouraging results in local body polls that the party has renewed its ambition in the state. The party has been wooing the Ezhava community aggressively. The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP), which is an important ally of the BJP, had recently organized an event honoring the Ezhava community. While PM Narendra Modi was the chief invitee, chief minister of the state Oommen Chandy was deliberately excluded.

The political wrangle between two prominent LDF leaders, V.S. Achuthanandan and P. Vijayan, is also expected to work in the BJP's favor. With the BJP fast gaining ground in the state, speculations are abuzz on who will form the government and who will sit in opposition.

In the run up to the elections, voters must be prepared to witness frenetic alliance politics that extend not just to parties but factions within the parties. Nonetheless, the Keralite voter is well-known for being the most politically aware and conscious in India.

What Do the Opinion Polls Say?

According to a few opinion polls, the LDF will come back to power in Kerala. The LDF is projected to win 86 seats in the 140-seat assembly. Ruling alliance UDF is expected to get only 53 seats in the elections that are scheduled to be held on 16 May. The NDA, which is likely to eat into the vote share of UDF, is likely to get 10% of the votes.

Parties and Alliances

The leftist LDF and the centrist UDF happen to be the two major alliances which have formed government in Kerala from time to time. Besides these two traditional rivals, the BJP has emerged as the third major challenger in the state. Its alliance with the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) and Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) is expected to help the BJP get support from Ezhavas as well as other backward communities.

Administrative structure

The state of Kerala has a unicameral legislature with Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha). Like all other states the state has a parliamentary system of governance. The executive authority lies with the council of ministers headed by the Chief Minister. The Governor who is the titular head of the state is elected by the President of India. The High Court in Ernakulam (near Kochi) is headed by a Chief Justice. Below the High Court are district courts, subdivisional courts, munsifs' (subordinate judicial officers') courts, and munsif-magistrate courts. The state is divided into districts, which are further divided into talukas (subdivisions) and villages.

Issues of the state

The plight of the tribals in Kerala is not known to many. Most of the tribes are far from development and education. The Cholanaikkan, Ernadan, Alar, Adiyar and Paniyar are some of the poorest tribes. Poverty and illiteracy are the factors that keep them poor and unwanted. Tribal children should be encouraged for education. They need proper infrastructural facilities. Many people die because of malnutrition, ignorance and superstitious beliefs. There is a need to provide better health facilities.

The historical legacy of caste and ethnic discrimination is visible in many spheres of Kerala's development process.

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

State Legislative Assembly of Kerala

The Kerala Legislative Assembly is also called the Niyamasabha, which constitutes 140 elected members and one nominated member from the Anglo Indian community. The state of Kerala came into existence in 1956 by the merging of Malabar region,Cochin, and Travancore on the basis of linguistic preferences. On 5 April 1957 the first legislative assembly was formed in Kerala. Initially, the total number of assembly seats was 127, which was later increased to 140 after the formation of Kasargod and Malappuram districts. The current Chief Minister is Oommen Chandy of the UDF and the leader of opposition is V.S. Achuthanandan from the LDF.

Kerala Assembly Election Results:

List of Chief Ministers of Kerala

The first CM of Kerala was E.M.S. Namboodiripad, who assumed office on 5 April 1957. The incumbent Chief Minister is Oommen Chandy, who took the oath on 18 May 2011. The entire list of CMs of the state, right from its formation, is:
S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Shri Oommen ChandyMay 18, 2011Present INC
2Shri V.S. AchuthanandanMay 18, 2006May 14, 2011CPM
3Shri Oommen ChandyAug 31, 2004May 18, 2006INC
4Shri A. K. AntonyMay 17, 2001Aug 29, 2004INC
5Shri E. K. NayanarMay 20, 1996May 13, 2001CPM
6Shri A. K. AntonyMar 22, 1995May 9, 1996INC
7Shri K. KarunakaranJun 24, 1991Mar 16, 1995INC
8Shri E. K. NayanarMar 26, 1987Jun 17, 1991CPM
9Shri K. KarunakaranMay 24, 1982Mar 25, 1987INC
10Shri K. KarunakaranDec 28, 1981Mar 17, 1982INC
11Shri E. K. NayanarJan 25, 1980Oct 20, 1981CPM
12President's RuleDec 1, 1979Jan 25, 1980 
13Shri C. H. Mohammed KoyaOct 12, 1979Dec 1, 1979MUL
14Shri P. K. Vasudevan NairOct 29, 1978Oct 7, 1979CPI
15Shri A.K. AntonyApr 27, 1977Oct 27, 1978INC
16Shri K. KarunakaranMar 25, 1977Apr 25, 1977INC
17Shri C. Achutha MenonOct 4, 1970Mar 25, 1977CPI
18President's RuleAug 1, 1970Oct 4, 1970 
19Shri C. Achutha MenonNov 1, 1969Aug 1, 1970CPI
20Shri E. M. S. NamboodiripadMar 6, 1967Nov 1, 1969CPM
21President's RuleSep 10, 1964Mar 6, 1967 
22Shri R. SankarSep 26, 1962Sep 10, 1964INC
23Shri Pattom ThanupillaiFeb 22, 1960Sep 26, 1962Praja Socialist Party
24President's RuleJul 31, 1959Feb 22, 1960 
25Shri E. M. S. NamboodiripadApr 5, 1957Jul 31, 1959CPI

List of Governors of Kerala

Burgula Ramakrishna Rao was the first Governor of Kerala, and assumed office on 22 November 1956. There have been 22 Governors till date, the one being Sheila Dixit, who assumed office on 5 March 2014. The complete list of Governors in the state is given below:
S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1P SathasivamAug 30, 2014Present
2Sheila DikshitMar 23, 2013Aug 26, 2014
3Shri Nikhil KumarMar 23, 2013Mar 5, 2014
4Shri Hansraj Bhardwaj (additional charge after death of M.O.H Farook)Jan 26, 2012Mar 22, 2013
5Shri M. O. H. FarookSep 8, 2011Jan 26, 2012
6Shri R. S. GavaiJul 11, 2008Sep 7, 2011
7Shri R. L. BhatiaJun 23, 2004Jul 10, 2008
8Shri T. N. ChaturvediFeb 25, 2004Jun 23, 2004
9Shri Sikander BakhtApr 18, 2002Feb 23, 2004
10Shri Sukhdev Singh KangJan 25, 1997Apr 18, 2002
11Shri Khurshid Alam KhanMay 5, 1996Jan 25, 1997
12Shri P. Shiv ShankarNov 12, 1995May 1, 1996
13Shri B. RachaiahDec 20, 1990Nov 9, 1994
14Shri Swaroop SinghFeb 12, 1990Dec 20, 1990
15Shri Ram Dulari SinhaFeb 23, 1988Feb 12, 1990
16Shri P. RamachandranOct 27, 1982Feb 23, 1988
17Shri Jothi VenkatachalamOct 14, 1977Oct 27, 1982
18Shri N. N. WanchooApr 1, 1973Oct 10, 1977
19Shri V. ViswanathanMay 15, 1967Apr 1, 1973
20Shri Bhagwan SahayFeb 6, 1966May 15, 1967
21Shri Ajith Prasad JainApr 2, 1965Feb 6, 1966
22Shri V. V. GiriJul 1, 1960Apr 2, 1965
23Shri Burgula Ramakrishna RaoNov 22, 1956Jul 1, 1960

Cabinet Ministers of Kerala

Name of MinistersDesignationPortfolios
Shri Oommen ChandyChief Minister General Administration, All India Services, Science, Technology and Environment, Scientific Institutes, Personnel and Administrative, Reforms, Elections, Integration, Sainik Welfare, Distress Relief, State Hospitality
Shri P. K Abdu RabbMinister for EducationCollegiate Education, General Education, Technical Education, Universities except Agricultural, Veterinary, Fisheries and Medical University, Entrance Examinations, Literacy Movement, National Cadet Corps
Shri Adoor PrakashMinister for Revenue and CoirLand Revenue, Land Reforms, Survey and Land Records, Legal Metrology, Coir
Shri A.P. Anil KumarMinister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Backward Classes and TourismWelfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Tourism
Shri. Anoop JacobMinister for Food,Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and RegistrationFood and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection, Registration
Shri Aryadan Muhammed Minister for Power Electricity, Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Pollution Control
Shri Oommen Chandy (Temporary) Minister for FinanceFinance, National Savings, Stores Purchase, Commercial Taxes, Agricultural Income Tax Treasuries, Lotteries, Local Fund Audit, Kerala State Financial Enterprises, State Insurance, Stamps and Stamp Duties, Kerala Financial Corporations, Law, Housing
Shri Manjalamkuzhi AliMinister for Urban affairs and Welfare of MinoritiesMunicipalities and Corporations, Town Planning, Regional Development Authorities, Welfare of Minorities
Shri K. P. MohananMinister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Printing & StationeryAgriculture, Soil Conservation, Soil Survey, Warehousing Corporation, Agricultural University, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary University, Printing and Stationery
Dr. M.K. MuneerMinister for  Panchayats and Social JusticePanchayats, Social Justice, Kerala Institutes of Local Administration
Shri. Ramesh ChennithalaMinister for Home and VigilanceHome, Fire and Rescue Services, Vigilance, Prisons
Shri Shibu Baby JohnMinister for Labour and Skills Labour, Employment and Training, Rehabilitation, Factories and Boilers, Insurance Medical Service, Industrial, Tribunals, Labour Courts
Shri K. BabuMinister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise Excise, Ports, Harbour Engineering, Fisheries, Fisheries University, Airports, Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation
Shri C.N. BalakrishnanMinister for Co-operation, Khadi and Village IndustriesCo-operation, Khadi and Village Industries
Shri V.K. EbrahimkunjuMinister for Public WorksPublic Works
Smt. P.K. JayalakshmiMinister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes , Youth Affairs, Museum & ZoosWelfare of Scheduled Tribes, Youth Affairs, Museum and Zoos
Shri K.C. JosephMinister for Rural Development, Planning,  Culture and NORKARural Development, Planning and Economic Affairs, Dairy Development, Milk Co-operatives, Culture, Information and Public Relations, Non-Resident Keralites Affairs
Shri P.J. JosephMinister for Water ResourcesIrrigation, Command Area Development Authority, Ground Water Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Inland Navigation (Construction of Water Ways)
Shri P. K. KunhalikuttyMinister for Industries and Information Technology Industries (including Industrial Co-operatives), Commerce, Mining and Geology, Handlooms and Textiles, Information Technology, Wakf and Haj Pilgrimage
Shri  V. S. SivakumarMinister for Health, Family welfare and DevaswomHealth, Family Welfare, Medical Education, Medical University, Indigenous Medicines, Drugs Control, Homoeopathy, Naturopathy, Devaswoms
Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan  Minister for Forest ,Environment , Transport, Sports and CinemaForests, Wild Life Protection, Environment, Sports, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, Kerala Cultural Workers Welfare Fund Board, Road Transport, Motor Vehicles, Water Transport

Rajya Sabha Members from Kerala

P V Abdul WahabIndian Union Muslim LeagueApr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021
A K AntonyIndian National CongressApr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016
C.P. NarayananCommunist Party of India (Marxist)Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018
P.J. KurienIndian National CongressJul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018
K.N. BalagopalCommunist Party of India (Marxist)Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016
K.K. RageshCommunist Party of India (Marxist)Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021
Joy AbrahamKerala Congress (M)Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018
Vayalar RaviIndian National CongressApr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021
Dr. T.N. SeemaCommunist Party of India (Marxist)Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala

E. K. Majhi
The Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala Election Department Kerala Legislative Complex, Vikas Bhavan P.O. Thiruvananthapuram -695033
0471 2300097
0471 2300121

Kerala Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

Indian National Congress (INC) continued to gather maximum number of seats in Kerala once again.

The state of Kerala has 20 seats in the Lok Sabha, out of which eight seats are won by the INC followed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) who bagged five seats. Established in 1956, Kerala has approximately 2,37,92,270 voters. The government of the state is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram and is headed by the present Chief Minister Oommen Chandy under the Indian National Congress' (INC) alliance. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) are the major political fronts in the state and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), INC, Indian Union Muslim League are other important political parties in the state. INC won the maximum Lok Sabha seats in the last elections in the year 2009. The LDF and INC had the chance to win maximum seats according to the surveys and the exit polls which were held in relation to the Lok Sabha polls.

Kerala, a state in south west region of India, along th Malabar coast. The state was established in November 1956, by combining the Malyali speaking regions.

There are 20 parliamentary seats in Kerala. As per latest available electoral data, there are 2,37,92,270 voters in Kerala, among which 1,14,42,925 are male and 1,23,49,345 are female. One of the notable facts about voters in Kerala is the massive numbers of NRI electors. About 97% of the total number of NRIs who enrolled for the 2014 general election are from Kerala itself, making the number 11,488.

Kerala Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise

Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in Kerala Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

Kerala 2014 Party Wise Results
Last Updated on April 07, 2015

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