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Left Democratic Front (Kerala)

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Leader  Pinarayi Vijayan
Founded  1976
Founder  E. M. S. Namboodiripad
Left Democratic Front (Kerala)
Headquarters  AKG Centre, A. Raghavan Road Thiruvananthapuram - 695 034.
Ideology  Communism Marxism-Leninism Factions Civic nationalism Indian nationalism Secularism Social Democracy Social Liberalism
Political position  Majority - Far-left Minority - Centre

Left Democratic Front (LDF) is a coalition of political parties in the state of Kerala, in India. It is one of the two major political coalitions in Kerala, the other being the United Democratic Front each of which have been in power alternatively for the last two decades. LDF won the May 2016 election, and is now in power. The coalition consists of Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) and variety of other smaller parties.


In the legislative assembly of 2006 to 2011 the LDF controlled a majority of 99 out of 140 seats in the state legislative assembly. Veteran CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan led the LDF government in Kerala following the 2006 Assembly Election. The Kerala State legislative assembly election, 2011 saw a tight contest between the two coalitions. After the polls, the LDF came close second to the UDF by winning 68 out of the 140 seats. V.S. Achuthanandan was thereafter elected the leader of the opposition. In the Kerala Legislative Assembly election, 2016 the LDF won and gained majority of 91 out of 140 seats.

Current strength in Legislative Assembly

Members of LDF and their representation in Kerala Legislative Assembly after 2016 election are as follows:

  1. Communist Party of India (Marxist) - 58
  2. Communist Party of India - 19
  3. Janata Dal (Secular) - 3
  4. Nationalist Congress Party - 2
  5. Indian Congress (Socialist) - 1
  6. Kerala Congress (B) - 1
  7. Revolutionary Socialist Party (Leninist) - 1
  8. Communist Marxist Party - 1
  9. Janadhipathya Kerala Congress - 0
  10. Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) - 0
  11. Indian National League - 0
  12. LDF Supported Independents - 5

LDF has eight subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Cooperative
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Youth & Sports
  • Political activism

    On 2 October 2009, more than 30 lakh activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) formed a 500 km long human chain to protest the free trade agreement signed between India and Association of South East Asian Nations.

    On 7 December 2011, the Left Democratic Front organized a 208 km human wall demanding the construction of a new dam in place of the present 115 year leaky dam at Mullapperiyar. The human wall was the second longest of the kind in Kerala which stretched across two districts.

    Left Democratic Front (LDF) launched its website ahead of 2011 Kerala Assembly Election.


    Left Democratic Front (Kerala) Wikipedia