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Kerala Congress (Jacob)

Kerala Congress (Jacob)
Leader Anoop Jacob
Chairperson Johnny Nellore
Founder T. M. Jacob
Founded 1993
Headquarters Central Committee Office, T.B Road, Kottayam, Kerala
Ideology Secular Socialist Democratic
ECI Status Registered Party[1]
Alliance United Democratic Front
Politics of India
Political parties

Kerala Congress (Jacob) is a registered regional political party in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a faction of Kerala Congress founded by the former minister the late T. M. Jacob who has held portfolios like Education, Irrigation, Culture and Civil Supplies in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. After T.M Jacob's death in 2011, the party is being led by Johnny Nellore ex MLA [2][3]


Kerala Congress (Jacob) faction was born in 1993 when T. M. Jacob with his supporting MLAs - Johnny Nellore, Mathew Stephen and P. M. Mathew decided to split from the Kerala Congress (M) party led by former Minister K. M. Mani following difference of opinion. P. M. Mathew and Mathew Stephen later returned to their former party, Kerala Congress (M). Kerala Congress (Jacob) has its strongholds in the eastern part of Ernakulam district like Piravom, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Angamaly & Kuthattukulam and in certain areas of Kannur, Alapuzha, Kollam, Idukki, Thrissur and Trivandrum districts.

History of Kerala Congress (Jacob)

From its inception in December 12, 1993 Kerala Congress (jacob) had been an alliance member of the Indian National Congress led UDF. In 2005 KC(Jacob)left UDF following differences with the new Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and dissolved into the then newly formed Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran) party led by former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran.

In 2006 assembly elections, DIC(Karunakaran) entered into an election understanding with UDF and contested the polls; though the party was widely expected to forge an alliance with LDF.

However both T.M Jacob and Johnny Nellore of erst-while Kerala Congress Jacob, contesting in the new banner of DIC(Karunakaran), lost the elections from Piravom and Muvattupuzha constituencies respectively.

In 2006 September, following differences with the party President K. Muraleedharan, son of K. Karunakaran, T. M. Jacob and his supporters split from DIC and revived the Kerala Congress (Jacob) party. They were welcomed back by the Congress led UDF after a period of hesitation.

In 2011 Kerala Legislative Assembly elections, T.M Jacob reclaimed his MLA status from Piravom defeating M.J Jacob of LDF. However party's other candidate Johhny Nellore lost the elections from Angamaly constituency against Jose Thettayil of LDF. T.M Jacob became a minister in the newly elected UDF Ministry led by Oommen Chandy, handling the Food & Civil Supplies portfolio.

Minister T.M Jacob died on October 30, 2011. Following his demise, son Anoop Jacob, State President of Kerala Youth Front (jacob) was nominated by the party and UDF to contest from the Piravom assembly seat, earlier represented by his father. Anoop Jacob won the by-election by a margin of 12070 votes,defeating M.J Jacob of LDF. The results were out on 21 March 2012. UDF has announced that Anoop will be made a Cabinet Minister.[4][5] [6]

Kerala Assembly elections

The following are the constituencies KC(Jacob) contested as part of United Democratic Front in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 Kerala Assembly elections and 2012 by-election.

Piravom - T M Jacob (Won)
Moovatupuzha - Johnny Nellore (Won)
Kadathuruthy - P M Mathew (Lost)
Peerimedu - Mathew Stephen (Lost)

Piravom - T M Jacob (Won)
Moovattupuzha - Johnny Nellore (Won)
Kuttanad - Prof. Oommen Mathew (Lost)
Udumbanchola - Mathew Stephen (Lost)

Piravom - T M Jacob (Won)
Angamaly - Johnny Nellore (Lost)
Tharoor - N Vineesh (Lost)

Piravom - Anoop Jacob (Won)

Kerala Government

Anoop Jacob - Minister for Food and Civil Supplies,Consumer Affairs and Registration

Following are the party nominees to head various boards and corporations under the State Government's control.

Johnny Nellore Ex-MLA - Chairman, Pharmaceutical Corporation Kerala Ltd (Oushadhi)
C.Mohanan Pillai - Chairman, State Farming Corporation of Kerala Ltd (SFCK)
Vakkanad Radhakrishnan - Chairman, Quilon Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd

Feeder organisations

Kerala Congress (Jacob) has the following feeder organisations:

  • Students Wing - Kerala Students Congress (Jacob) or KSC (Jacob), State President - Paul Mathew
  • Youth Wing: Kerala Youth Front (Jacob) or KYF (Jacob), State President - Anoop Jacob
  • Women's Wing: Kerala Women's Congress (Jacob)or KWC (Jacob), State President - Jessy Peter
  • Trade Union: Kerala Trade Union Congress (Jacob) or KTUC (Jacob), State President- Ezhukone Sathyan
  • Farmer's Union: Kerala Karshaka Union (Jacob) or KKU (Jacob), State President- Kulakada Raju

Kerala Congress parties

  1. Kerala Congress (M) led by K. M. Mani, P. J. Joseph, and C. F. Thomas
  2. Kerala Congress (Jacob) led by Minister Anoop Jacob, son of T. M. Jacob and Johnny Nellore
  3. Kerala Congress (B) led by R. Balakrishna Pillai & son K. B. Ganesh Kumar MLA
  4. Kerala Congress (Secular) led by P. C. George and T.S. John
  5. Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) led by Skaria Thomas, V. Surendran Pillai, George Sebastian, Thomas Kunnapally, Stephen George, Jerry Easow Oommen
  6. Kerala Congress (Thomas) led by P. C. Thomas, Rajan Kannattu, and A. H. Hafeez
  7. Kerala Congress (Nationalist) led by Noble Mathew


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerala Congress (Jacob) to launch agitation against price rise". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  3. ^ "T.M. Jacob to sit on Opposition benches". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2005-05-21. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Kerala: UDF’s Anup Jacob wins Piravom bypoll". Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  5. ^ Yahoo! India – Wed 21 Mar, 2012 (2012-03-21). "Piravam election: Anoop Jacob (UDF) wins by 12071 votes - Yahoo News India". Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Latest India News | Breaking News | World &amp Business News | Sports &amp Entertainment news". Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  7. ^ Mathew, Roy (21 March 2012). "UDF candidate wins Piravom bypoll in Kerala". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 

External links

Official website