Kerala Congress (Thomas)

Indian political party

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Kerala Congress (Thomas) Or Thomas Group
AbbreviationKEC(T)
LeaderP. C. Thomas
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
Dissolved2016; 5 years ago (2016)
Split fromKerala Congress (Anti-merger Group)
Succeeded byKerala Congress
Headquarters67, Kumaranasn Nagar, Kadavanthara, P.O. Ernakulam, Kerala.
ColoursHalf white and half red
ECI StatusRegistered-Unrecognized
Election symbol
Used on 2016 elections

Kerala Congress (Thomas) Or Thomas Group Was a political party since 2015 to 2016 and a Kerala Congress Fraction Led by P. C. Thomas from 2016 to 2021.

After the Permission of using the name as bracket less Kerala Congress in 2016, Thomas Dissolved Kerala Congress (Thomas) and revived Parent Kerala Congress. so his fraction became official Kerala Congress from 2016 to 2021.

In 2021 it merged with its own parent fraction called Joseph Group.

History

P.C Thomas was the chairman of Kerala Congress (Anti-merger Group). Since 2014 a power struggle erupted in that party and 2015 Thomas left Kerala Congress (Anti-merger Group) and formed Kerala Congress (Thomas).

In August 2015, the Kerala Congress Fraction led by P. C. Thomas joined the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).[1]

In 2016, after a long legal battle P. C. Thomas received approval to use the name as bracketless Kerala Congress party. So Thomas dissolved Kerala Congress (Thomas) and revived Kerala Congress, and since then to 2021 Kerala Congress (Thomas) was the Bracketless Kerala Congress party.

Kerala congress participated in 2016 elections as a part of National Democratic Alliance. The party had been provided five seats in 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, and PC Thomas contested from Kottayam (Lok Sabha constituency) for NDA[2] on 2019 Indian general election

In October 2020, it was reported that P. C. Thomas was leaving NDA and was likely to join the United Democratic Front (UDF).[3] The party however decided to stay in the NDA and extended their support to NDA candidates in the 2020 Kerala local elections.[4]

On 17 March 2021, P. C. Thomas announced that the party has merged with Kerala Congress (Joseph) to form Kerala Congress, with him being its Deputy Chairman.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "P.C. Thomas in NDA fold". The Hindu. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ Jacob, George (10 March 2015). "Scaria Thomas is chief of pro-LDF Kerala Congress". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Jolt to NDA as P C Thomas' Kerala Congress to quit alliance, likely to join UDF". The New Indian Express. 24 October 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Kerala Congress (PC Thomas faction) announces support to NDA in local body polls". ANI. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "P C Thomas to quit NDA; to merge with P J Joseph". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 17 March 2021.


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