India Post Issued Stamp on Kerala Legislative Assembly

\"stamp\"kerala\"stampBy Sreejesh Krishnan

India Post today released a commemorative stamp on 125 Years of Kerala Legislative Assembly .Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy released the stamp at Thiruvananthapuram.

The evolution of Kerala Legislative Assembly begins with the formation of a Legislative Council in the princely state of  Travancore in 1888. This was the first Native Legislature in Indian sub continent, outside British India. The Legislative Council of Travancore had undergone many changes by years. By the meantime people’s participation in the Assembly was widely sought. All those efforts led to the formation of one more representative body, namely the Sri Moolam Popular Assembly of Travancore. This Assembly of the representatives of the landholders and merchants, aimed at giving the people an opportunity of bringing to the notice of Government their requirements, wishes or grievances on the one hand, and on the other, to make the policy and measures of Government better known to the people so that all possible grounds of misconception may be removed. That was on October 1, 1904. Though the popular assembly contained representatives of tax- payers, it finally became a people’s representative’s body.

Political awareness and people agitations were aggressive and the authorities were forced to include people’s representatives into the popular assembly. On May 1, 1905, a regulation was issued to grant to the people the privilege of electing members to the Assembly. Of the 100 members, 77 were to be elected and 23 nominated, for tenure of 1 year. The right to vote was given to persons who paid on their account annual land revenue of not less than Rs. 50 or whose net income was not less than Rs. 2000 and to graduates of a recognized University, with not less than 10 years standing and having their residence in the taluk. The membership of the popular assembly increased year by year and finally in 1921 elected representatives gained the majority. By that time the house had 50 members of which 28 were elected and the rest nominated. By this time the princely stated of Cochin also formed a Legislative Council(1925), with 30 elected and 15 nominated representatives.  Malabar District of Madras Province under the British rule, had representatives in Madras Legislative Assembly from 1920\’s.

After India’s independence responsible governments were formed in Travancore and Cochin. In 1949 the merger of Travancore and Cochin as Travancore-Cochin, formed the first Legislative Assembly, the Travancore-Cochin Legislative Assembly   composed of 178 members of the Legislative bodies of Travancore and Cochin. The  Malabar region had representatives in the Madras Legislative Assembly.

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