|Chairperson||P. J. Joseph|
|Founded||9 October 1964|
|Student wing||Kerala Students Congress|
|Youth wing||Kerala Youth Front|
|Women's wing||Kerala Vanitha Congress|
|Labour wing||Kerala Trade Union Congress|
|Ideology||Welfare of toiling class|
|Colours||Half white and half red|
|Alliance||United Democratic Front (UDF)|
|Seats in Lok Sabha|
0 / 543
|Seats in Rajya Sabha|
0 / 245
|Seats in Kerala Legislative Assembly|
2 / 140
The Kerala Congress was founded in 1964 from a split in the in the ruling Indian National Congress. Following a scandal in 1963, Kerala Chief Minister R. Sankar removed Home Minister P. T. Chacko from his cabinet; who died in 1964. Fifteen of Chacko’s colleagues led by K. M. George toppled Sankar in a no-confidence motion. George and R. Balakrishna Pillai formed Kerala Congress with the backing of Mannath Padmanabhan.
Since 1979 the Kerala Congress has itself splintered into many factions. Currently eight other factions active in Kerala politics. They are Kerala Congress (M), Kerala Congress (Jacob), Kerala Congress (B), Janadhipathya Kerala Congress, Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas), Kerala Congress (Nationalist), Kerala Janapaksham (Secular) and Kerala Vikas Congress (Prakash Kuriakose).
Revival of Kerala Congress (2015-present)
In 2015 One of the founders son P. C. Thomas got license of bracket less Kerala Congress party which was part of LDF.
Alliance with NDA and 2019 Indian general election
In 2015 August, the Kerala Congress faction led by P. C. Thomas came out of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) following acute infighting and decided to join the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In March 2015 a faction led by Skaria Thomas had formed a new party Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) and decided to continue with the LDF. and PC Thomas contested from Kottayam (Lok Sabha constituency) for NDA In October 2020, it was reported that P. C. Thomas was leaving NDA and was likely to join the United Democratic Front (UDF). The party however decided to stay in the NDA and extended their support to NDA candidates in the 2020 Kerala local elections.
Leaving NDA And alliance with UDF
On 2021 March 17 the party left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) later Kerala Congress (Joseph), which is part of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) merged into bracketless Kerala Congress.
2021 Kerala Legislative Assembly election
After the merger with Kerala Congress (J), PJ Joseph and Mons Joseph resigned from MLA post to avoid the technicalities regarding the Anti-Defection Law as they had won the assembly election in 2016 in Kerala Congress (M) tickets However 8 out of 10 Candidates of Kerala Congress lost in elections, only P. J. Joseph and Mons Joseph were re-elected to the legislative assembly from Thodupuzha and Kaduthuruthy respectively.
Notable leaders of Kerala Congress
On April 27 a meeting convened online by the party leadership in Thodupuzha and chooses P.J Joseph as party chairman and PC Thomas as working chairman., Mons Joseph has been elected as the executive chairman., Francis George Johnny Nelloor and Thomas unniyadan as Deputy Chairman , while Joy Abraham is the secretary general.
- P. J. Joseph - Chairman
- P. C. Thomas - Working Chairman
- Monce Joseph - Executive Chairman
- Joy Abraham - Secretary general
- T.U. Kuruvila -Chief co-ordinator
- K. Francis George - Deputy Chairman
- Johnny Nellore - Deputy Chairman
- Thomas Unniyadan -Deputy Chairman
- Joseph M. Puthussery- Vice Chairman
- Graceamma Mathew
- Victor T Thomas
- Mathew Stephen
- Saji Manjakadambil
- M.J Jacob
- Joseph John
- Kuriakose Padavan
- Rakesh Edappura
- M. P. Joseph
Other notable leaders
- K. M. George Muvattupuzha, Transport Minister, Founder Chairman
- Mathachan Kuruvinakunnel Founder
- C. F. Thomas, Changanacherry, Kottayam, Khadi & Rural Development Minister
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