Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee celebrates 100 years and plans to celebrate centenary throughout the year | News Thiruvananthapuram
It was on January 30, 1921 that the Kerala Congress Unit was formed as the Kerala Provincial Congress Committee after the Indian National Congress (INC) decided to form state-level committees on a linguistic basis.
The meeting of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) held in Nagpur in December 1920 decided to form congressional committees at the state level along linguistic lines. There were Malabar, Kochi and Travancore congressional committees and all spoke the Malayalam language.
Interestingly, a unified state of Kerala was formed on November 1, 1957, and the KPCC was formed 36 years before that.
A practicing Manjeri lawyer in Malabar, K Madhavan Nair, served as the KPCC’s first secretary. The headquarters of the KPCC was first located in Kozhikode, then in Kochi and is currently located in Thiruvananthapuram.
The first full meeting of the KPCC took place in Ottapalam in April 1921 and it was here that the call for a unified Kerala was made. T. Prakasam from Andhra Pradesh chaired the meeting attended by 5,000 people from all parts of the state. Independent newspaper editor George Joseph chaired the youth meeting. Syed Muthu Sahib chaired the Khilafat meeting held within the framework of the meeting.
District congress committees were formed in Thalassery, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kochi, Travancore. In 1924, the KPCC decided to appoint a president and K. Madhavan Nair was unanimously elected to this post.
KPCC chairman Mullappally Ramachandran told IANS the party would organize “padyatras” in 1,504 centers in Kerala with 100 workers in each yatra.
Mullappally, speaking to IANS, said: “The legacy of the Indian National Congress is clear and it is shaped by the sacrifices of personalities from all walks of life as well as workers and ordinary people. Over the past 100 years , the Kerala Pradesh Congressional Committee has strived to unite the state without any division of caste, creed or religion and this is indeed the strength of the Congress Party. division and the new generation of Congressional leaders have a responsibility to move forward by uniting people. ”