Kerala Assembly Election 2016 DateThe 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 Event||Dates (All 140 ACs)|
|Date of Notification||Apr 22, 2016|
|Last Date for filing Nominations||Apr 29, 2016|
|Date for scrutiny of nominations||Apr 30, 2016|
|Last date for withdrawal of candidatures||May 2, 2016|
|Date of poll||May 16, 2016|
|Date of counting||May 19, 2016|
|Date before which the election shall be completed||May 21, 2016|
Note: All 140 ACs will go to poll on a single day.
Kerala Election 2016As 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.
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.
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Parties and AlliancesThe 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 structureThe 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 stateThe 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.
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 KeralaThe 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 KeralaThe 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 Minister||From||To||Party Name|
|1||Shri Oommen Chandy||May 18, 2011||Present||INC|
|2||Shri V.S. Achuthanandan||May 18, 2006||May 14, 2011||CPM|
|3||Shri Oommen Chandy||Aug 31, 2004||May 18, 2006||INC|
|4||Shri A. K. Antony||May 17, 2001||Aug 29, 2004||INC|
|5||Shri E. K. Nayanar||May 20, 1996||May 13, 2001||CPM|
|6||Shri A. K. Antony||Mar 22, 1995||May 9, 1996||INC|
|7||Shri K. Karunakaran||Jun 24, 1991||Mar 16, 1995||INC|
|8||Shri E. K. Nayanar||Mar 26, 1987||Jun 17, 1991||CPM|
|9||Shri K. Karunakaran||May 24, 1982||Mar 25, 1987||INC|
|10||Shri K. Karunakaran||Dec 28, 1981||Mar 17, 1982||INC|
|11||Shri E. K. Nayanar||Jan 25, 1980||Oct 20, 1981||CPM|
|12||President's Rule||Dec 1, 1979||Jan 25, 1980|
|13||Shri C. H. Mohammed Koya||Oct 12, 1979||Dec 1, 1979||MUL|
|14||Shri P. K. Vasudevan Nair||Oct 29, 1978||Oct 7, 1979||CPI|
|15||Shri A.K. Antony||Apr 27, 1977||Oct 27, 1978||INC|
|16||Shri K. Karunakaran||Mar 25, 1977||Apr 25, 1977||INC|
|17||Shri C. Achutha Menon||Oct 4, 1970||Mar 25, 1977||CPI|
|18||President's Rule||Aug 1, 1970||Oct 4, 1970|
|19||Shri C. Achutha Menon||Nov 1, 1969||Aug 1, 1970||CPI|
|20||Shri E. M. S. Namboodiripad||Mar 6, 1967||Nov 1, 1969||CPM|
|21||President's Rule||Sep 10, 1964||Mar 6, 1967|
|22||Shri R. Sankar||Sep 26, 1962||Sep 10, 1964||INC|
|23||Shri Pattom Thanupillai||Feb 22, 1960||Sep 26, 1962||Praja Socialist Party|
|24||President's Rule||Jul 31, 1959||Feb 22, 1960|
|25||Shri E. M. S. Namboodiripad||Apr 5, 1957||Jul 31, 1959||CPI|
List of Governors of KeralaBurgula 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 Governor||From||To|
|1||P Sathasivam||Aug 30, 2014||Present|
|2||Sheila Dikshit||Mar 23, 2013||Aug 26, 2014|
|3||Shri Nikhil Kumar||Mar 23, 2013||Mar 5, 2014|
|4||Shri Hansraj Bhardwaj (additional charge after death of M.O.H Farook)||Jan 26, 2012||Mar 22, 2013|
|5||Shri M. O. H. Farook||Sep 8, 2011||Jan 26, 2012|
|6||Shri R. S. Gavai||Jul 11, 2008||Sep 7, 2011|
|7||Shri R. L. Bhatia||Jun 23, 2004||Jul 10, 2008|
|8||Shri T. N. Chaturvedi||Feb 25, 2004||Jun 23, 2004|
|9||Shri Sikander Bakht||Apr 18, 2002||Feb 23, 2004|
|10||Shri Sukhdev Singh Kang||Jan 25, 1997||Apr 18, 2002|
|11||Shri Khurshid Alam Khan||May 5, 1996||Jan 25, 1997|
|12||Shri P. Shiv Shankar||Nov 12, 1995||May 1, 1996|
|13||Shri B. Rachaiah||Dec 20, 1990||Nov 9, 1994|
|14||Shri Swaroop Singh||Feb 12, 1990||Dec 20, 1990|
|15||Shri Ram Dulari Sinha||Feb 23, 1988||Feb 12, 1990|
|16||Shri P. Ramachandran||Oct 27, 1982||Feb 23, 1988|
|17||Shri Jothi Venkatachalam||Oct 14, 1977||Oct 27, 1982|
|18||Shri N. N. Wanchoo||Apr 1, 1973||Oct 10, 1977|
|19||Shri V. Viswanathan||May 15, 1967||Apr 1, 1973|
|20||Shri Bhagwan Sahay||Feb 6, 1966||May 15, 1967|
|21||Shri Ajith Prasad Jain||Apr 2, 1965||Feb 6, 1966|
|22||Shri V. V. Giri||Jul 1, 1960||Apr 2, 1965|
|23||Shri Burgula Ramakrishna Rao||Nov 22, 1956||Jul 1, 1960|
Cabinet Ministers of Kerala
|Name of Ministers||Designation||Portfolios|
|Shri Oommen Chandy||Chief 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 Rabb||Minister for Education||Collegiate Education, General Education, Technical Education, Universities except Agricultural, Veterinary, Fisheries and Medical University, Entrance Examinations, Literacy Movement, National Cadet Corps|
|Shri Adoor Prakash||Minister for Revenue and Coir||Land Revenue, Land Reforms, Survey and Land Records, Legal Metrology, Coir|
|Shri A.P. Anil Kumar||Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Backward Classes and Tourism||Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Tourism|
|Shri. Anoop Jacob||Minister for Food,Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Registration||Food 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 Finance||Finance, 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 Ali||Minister for Urban affairs and Welfare of Minorities||Municipalities and Corporations, Town Planning, Regional Development Authorities, Welfare of Minorities|
|Shri K. P. Mohanan||Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Printing & Stationery||Agriculture, Soil Conservation, Soil Survey, Warehousing Corporation, Agricultural University, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary University, Printing and Stationery|
|Dr. M.K. Muneer||Minister for Panchayats and Social Justice||Panchayats, Social Justice, Kerala Institutes of Local Administration|
|Shri. Ramesh Chennithala||Minister for Home and Vigilance||Home, Fire and Rescue Services, Vigilance, Prisons|
|Shri Shibu Baby John||Minister for Labour and Skills||Labour, Employment and Training, Rehabilitation, Factories and Boilers, Insurance Medical Service, Industrial, Tribunals, Labour Courts|
|Shri K. Babu||Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise||Excise, Ports, Harbour Engineering, Fisheries, Fisheries University, Airports, Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation|
|Shri C.N. Balakrishnan||Minister for Co-operation, Khadi and Village Industries||Co-operation, Khadi and Village Industries|
|Shri V.K. Ebrahimkunju||Minister for Public Works||Public Works|
|Smt. P.K. Jayalakshmi||Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes , Youth Affairs, Museum & Zoos||Welfare of Scheduled Tribes, Youth Affairs, Museum and Zoos|
|Shri K.C. Joseph||Minister for Rural Development, Planning, Culture and NORKA||Rural Development, Planning and Economic Affairs, Dairy Development, Milk Co-operatives, Culture, Information and Public Relations, Non-Resident Keralites Affairs|
|Shri P.J. Joseph||Minister for Water Resources||Irrigation, Command Area Development Authority, Ground Water Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Inland Navigation (Construction of Water Ways)|
|Shri P. K. Kunhalikutty||Minister 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. Sivakumar||Minister for Health, Family welfare and Devaswom||Health, Family Welfare, Medical Education, Medical University, Indigenous Medicines, Drugs Control, Homoeopathy, Naturopathy, Devaswoms|
|Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan||Minister for Forest ,Environment , Transport, Sports and Cinema||Forests, 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 Wahab||Indian Union Muslim League||Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021|
|A K Antony||Indian National Congress||Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016|
|C.P. Narayanan||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018|
|P.J. Kurien||Indian National Congress||Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018|
|K.N. Balagopal||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016|
|K.K. Ragesh||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021|
|Joy Abraham||Kerala Congress (M)||Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 1, 2018|
|Vayalar Ravi||Indian National Congress||Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 21, 2021|
|Dr. T.N. Seema||Communist Party of India (Marxist)||Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 2, 2016|
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Kerala
E. K. Majhi
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Kerala Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014Indian 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