Coorg Legislative Assembly


The Coorg Legislative Assembly was a legislative body which introduced laws for Coorg State from 1950 to 1956. It had its origins in the Coorg Legislative Council established on 26 January 1924 as a representative body of the Chief Commissioner's province of Coorg. When the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950, the name of the body was officially changed to Coorg Legislative Assembly. The first and only general election to the assembly took place in 1952. It was eventually dissolved in 1956 when Coorg State was merged with the neighbouring Mysore State.


The Coorg Legislative Council was formed on 28 January 1924 as a representative body for the inhabitants of Coorg Province. It initially consisted of twenty members, fifteen of whom were elected and five nominated. The franchise was enlarged by the Government of India Act 1935 and the Indian Independence Act, 1947. In 1947, the number of members was reduced by two when the European constituency was abolished.

The Constitution of India replaced the legislative council with a legislative assembly consisting of 24 members from 18 constituencies, of which six were two-member constituencies and twelve were single-member constituencies.[1] Coming into force on 26 January 1950, one election were held to the assembly, in 1952.

Members of the Coorg Legislative Assembly, 1952Edit

Candidates of only two political parties Indian National Congress (INC) and Communist Party of India (CPI) contested the elections. Many other candidates contested as Independents such as the independence activist Pandyanda Belliappa.

Keys:   Indian National Congress (15)   Independent (9)

No. Constituency Name of elected MLA Party affiliation
1 Sanivarasanthe P. K. Chennayya Indian National Congress
K. Mallappa Indian National Congress
2 Somwarpet North C. K. Kalappa Indian National Congress
3 Somwarpet South H. T. Muthanna Independent
4 Fraserpet G. Lingarajayya Indian National Congress
5 Sunticoppa Gundugutti Manjanathaya Indian National Congress
P. Lakha Indian National Congress
6 Mercara Town B. S. Kushalappa Indian National Congress
7 Murnad C. A. Mandanna Indian National Congress
8 Mercara Nad P. D. Subbaiah Indian National Congress
9 Srimangala Nad K. P. Karumbayya Independent
G. Subbaiah Independent
10 Hudikeri K. K. Ganapathy Independent
11 Berriath Nad C. M. Poonacha Indian National Congress
12 Ponnampet Nad Yeravara Belli Indian National Congress
P. Nanamaya Indian National Congress
13 Virajpet Town N. G. Ahamed Independent
14 Virajpet Nad Harijan Nanja Independent
P. C. Uthayya Independent
15 Ammathi Nad Pandyanda Belliappa Independent
16 Siddapur Bettakurubara Kala Indian National Congress
Muruvanda Machaiah Indian National Congress
17 Napoklu Nad A. C. Thimmaiah Independent
18 Bhagamandala Nad Konana Devaiah Indian National Congress


  1. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1951 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF COORG" (PDF). Election Commission of India (pdf). pp. 3–4. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Bopanna, P. T. The Rise and Fall of the Coorg State, 2009
  • Muthanna, I. M. Coorg Memoirs, 1971