Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee turns 100 and plans centenary celebrations throughout the year | Thiruvananthapuram News
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 All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting held in Nagpur in December 1920 had decided to form Congress Committees at the state level on linguistic basis. There were Malabar, Kochi and Travancore Congress 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 prior.
A practicing lawyer from Manjeri in Malabar, K Madhavan Nair, served as the first secretary of the KPCC. The headquarters of the KPCC was first located in Kozhikode, then in Kochi and is currently in Thiruvananthapuram.
The first full-fledged KPCC meeting was held 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 which was attended by 5,000 people from all parts of the state. The editor of an independent newspaper, 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 chairman and K. Madhavan Nair was unanimously elected to the post.
KPCC chairman Mullappally Ramachandran told IANS that 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 working people and ordinary people. Over the past 100 years the Congress Committee of Kerala Pradesh has strived to unite the state without any division of caste, creed or religion and this is indeed the strength of the Congress party.This is a period of politics of division and the new generation of congressional leaders has a responsibility to move forward in uniting people.