Democratic Indira Congress (Karunakaran)
) is a defunct political party
. DIC(K) was founded at a meeting in Thrissur
by the K. Karunakuran
faction of the Indian National Congress
on May 1, 2005. Initially it was called National Congress (Indira)
, but the name was changed DIC(K) for registration purposes in August of the same year.
Karunakuran's son K. Muraleedharan
was the party president. The party allied with the Left Democratic Front
in the local elections and made success. But the party was not considered for a tie up during the state assembly elections that followed. The party could not make any impression in the elections as expected. Later, Karunakaran and Muraleedharan, along with some other party members, moved to Nationalist Congress Party
. After a brief while, Karunakaran returned to Congress.
The party was formed as a result of internal problems in the Congress Party. The break was preceded by much acrimony within the ruling Congress Party, due to perceived slights to Karunakaran, disregarding his lifelong services to the party. Karuunakaran's son Muraleedharan and Kerala Congress leader T. M. Jacob
were the other leaders of the party. Following its split, the DIC(K) has been warmly received into the opposition Left Democratic Front combine. This acceptance has all but guaranteed DIC(K)'s return to power as the unpopular ruling combine is likely to lose badly in the assembly elections, which are due... Read More