Praja Socialist Party

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Praja Socialist Party
(प्रजा सोशिअलिस्ट पार्टी)
Leader Jayprakash Narayan, Acharya Narendra Deva, Basawon Singh (Sinha), Hariprasad.C,J.B. Kripalani, Kk. Ponappan,
Headquarters Alappuzha, Kerala[1]
Ideology Socialism
International affiliation Asian Socialist Conference

The Praja Socialist Party (PSP) is an Indian political party.[2] It was founded when the Socialist Party, led by Jayprakash Narayan, Acharya Narendra Deva and Basawon Singh (Sinha), merged with the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party led by J.B. Kripalani (formerly, the president of the Indian National Congress and a close associate of Jawaharlal Nehru). A section led by Rammanohar Lohia broke from the party in 1955,[citation needed] resuming the name “Socialist Party”.[citation needed] Another section of the party, led by the trade union leader George Fernandes, broke off to become the Samyukta Socialist Party in 1969. In 1960, Kripalani left the party and in 1964,Asoka Mehta joined Congress after his expulsion from the party. In 1972, the PSP merged with Fernandes’ party to become the Socialist Party once more, before becoming part of the Janata coalition following theEmergency in 1977.[citation needed]


In September, 1952 the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party merged with the Socialist Party with J.B. Kriplani as the chairman and Asoka Mehta as the general secretary.[3]

Current status[edit]

In 2015 the party again started working in kerala. Party is now alliance with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP.[citation needed]

Performance in the elections[edit]

At the party’s first general election in 1957, the PSP won 10.41% of the total votes and 19 seats in the Lok Sabha.[4] However, the party’s vote share continued to decline over the next few elections. It won 6.81% of the total votes and 12 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1962,[5]3.06% of the total votes and 13 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1967[6] and only 1.04% of the total votes and only 2 seats in the Lok Sabha in 1971.[3][7]

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