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Indian National Congress

Indian National Congress (INC) is the oldest and the most prominent political party in the country. It was founded in 1885 and has a political legacy of over hundred years.

It was founded in 1885 and has a political legacy of over hundred years. INC was in the forefront of India's freedom struggle and played pivotal role in India's independence.

The history of India's independence is entwined with the history of INC.....
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INC News

Goa's faulty EVM polled votes for Congress, not BJP: CEO

Posted On : Apr 26,2019,    9:06 pm
Panaji, April 26 (IANS) Amid reports on news and social media that a malfunctioning EVM at the South Goa Lok Sabha constituency had cast erroneously 17 votes for the BJP during a mock poll on April 23, Goa's Chief Electoral Officer Kunal on Friday clarified that the 17 unaccounted votes had, in fact, been credited to the Congress. View More..

Political parties need to focus on issue-based election campaigning (Column: Active Voice)

Posted On : Apr 13,2019,    11:30 am
The Indian elections that kicked off on Thursday are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the worlds largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters - more than the combined population of all the European countries, across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties. View More..

Lok Sabha elections: Ghaziabad records 55.9% voting

Posted On : Apr 12,2019,    12:00 am
Ghaziabad, April 11 (IANS) Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency, which went to polls in the first phase on Thursday, recorded 55.9 per cent voter turnout -- less than the number of voters casting their votes in 2014 elections, suggested a data. View More..

Campaign ends for first phase of LS polls in Bengal

Posted On : Apr 09,2019,    7:40 pm
Kolkata, April 9 (IANS) The campaign for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal ended on Tuesday in two parliamentary constituencies which go to the hustings on April 11. View More..

Modi most searched politician on Internet: Study

Posted On : Apr 05,2019,    6:18 pm
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most popular politician in India in terms of online search with 7.24 million and 1.82 million searches for the year 2018 and 2019 respectively, according to a new study. View More..

Sonia Gandhi unhappy over Congress manifesto layout

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    5:28 pm
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was apparently unhappy over the layout of party manifesto released on Tuesday as she wanted a bigger picture of party President Rahul Gandhi on the cover, sources said on Wednesday. View More..

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    2:44 pm
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Facebook, which has created a mini storm in Indian politics by revealing it removed fake Pages, Groups and accounts linked to the Congress, surreptitiously skipped mentioning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). View More..

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    11:08 am
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Facebook that has created a mini-storm in the Indian political corridors by revealing it removed fake Pages, Groups and accounts linked to the Congress Party surreptitiously skipped mentioning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). View More..

FB bins 687 fake pages linked to Congress (2nd lead)

Posted On : Apr 01,2019,    7:12 pm
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) In a startling revelation how political parties are using fake accounts to push their agenda on social media ahead of the general elections, Facebook on Monday announced removal of 687 spam Facebook pages and accounts connected to individuals associated with the Congress IT cell. View More..

Facebook dumps 687 fake accounts linked to Congress

Posted On : Apr 01,2019,    3:38 pm
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) In a startling revelation ahead of general elections, Facebook on Monday announced it has removed 687 spam Facebook Pages and accounts connected to individuals associated with the Congress Party's IT cell. View More..

Facebook kills 687 fake accounts linked to Congress

Posted On : Apr 01,2019,    2:36 pm
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) In a startling revelation ahead of the general elections, Facebook on Monday announced it has removed 687 spam Facebook Pages and accounts connected to individuals associated with the Congress party's IT cell. View More..

'Berozgars' vs 'Chowkidars': Berozgars won the round

Posted On : Mar 31,2019,    2:40 pm
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) In the ongoing twitter bout between the giant killer 'chowkidar' and the challenger 'berozgar", the underdog challenger won the round on March 30. The 'berozgars' delivered a killer undercut with the their #MainBhiBerozgar punch that became number one national trend on twitter on Saturday. On their part, the 'chowkidars' did land some impressive punches - #MainKamalKhilaneAyaHu, #NaMoforAssam, #NorthEastforModi #Gandhinagar etc - the other leading trends of the day. View More..

Political ad spend tops Rs 1.5 cr a week on Facebook (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 31,2019,    11:20 am
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) With the first phase of general elections now barely 10 days away, spending for political ads on social media platforms has soared, especially on Facebook where advertisers spent over Rs 1.5 crore during the March 17-March 23 period. View More..

Uma Vasudev was a writer of rare immensity and sensitivity (Tribute)

Posted On : Mar 30,2019,    8:16 pm
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Erudite and elegant, never boastful, but a demeanour of intellectual aesthetics - Uma Vasudev was more than a mere author, columnist and researcher on music. She was a perfect personification of an individual who did not need to put on an act - her work spoke for itself. Her track record as a writer was impeccable. View More..

Trinamool removes 'Congress' from its logo

Posted On : Mar 23,2019,    2:24 pm
Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling All India Trinamool Congress has dropped the 'Congress' from its new logo earlier this month and added dollops of blue, white and green colour to it besides giving it a catchy slogan in a bid to make the party one with the people of the eastern state. View More..

Why are national parties shunned in Sikkim? (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 22,2019,    4:44 pm
Gangtok, March 22 (IANS) Creating political space in Sikkim has become nearly impossible for national parties, with the country's ruling BJP also failing to establish itself politically after its talks with the opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) broke down over acceptance of the local party's key demands. View More..

Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    6:36 pm
Panaji, March 16 (IANS) On a day when reports suggested that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's condition has worsened, the Congress in Goa on Saturday staked claim to form the government in the coastal state. View More..

Congress stakes claim to form government in Goa

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    6:10 pm
Panaji, March 16 (IANS) On a day when reports suggest that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's condition has worsened, the Congress in Goa in a letter to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Saturday staked claim to form government in the coastal state. View More..

84% of Indian politicians' websites insecure: Study

Posted On : Mar 06,2019,    7:16 pm
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) At a time when the website of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained inaccessible to users for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, a new study has revealed that 84 per cent of Indian politicians' websites are insecure. View More..

Country headed for coalition government, but Modi's farm income scheme could spring surprise: Brokerages

Posted On : Feb 21,2019,    9:28 pm
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The country may be heading towards a coalition government after the upcoming general election if reports prepared by different foreign brokerage firms are to be believed. View More..



Indian National Congress

    Indian National Congress History

INCIndian National Congress (INC) is the oldest and the most prominent political party in the country. It was founded in 1885 and has a political legacy of over hundred years. INC was in the forefront of India's freedom struggle and played pivotal role in India's independence. The history of India's independence is entwined with the history of INC.

Since independence INC has headed the central government for a total of 49 years in India. In the 15 general elections held in the country so far, the INC has won an outright majority on six occasions, and has led the ruling coalition four times.

In the 15th Lok Sabha Congress emerged as the single largest party with 206 seats and led a coalition of political parties called the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), to form the government. The UPA led by INC has come to power in two successive terms once in 2004 and then in 2009.

INC has been led by the Nehru-Gandhi family since independence. The family leadership of the party is largely accepted and there is no challenge to the hereditary leadership structure.

Ideology of the party

In the Indian political spectrum, the INC holds centre-left position and considered to have modern and liberal outlook. The INC advocates neo-liberal policies as well as populism, social liberalism, and secularism as its goals.

Policies of the party:

INC's social policy is based on the Gandhian principle of Sarvodaya or the upliftment of all sections of the society. The party supports the concept of family planning with birth control. INC's economic policy favors free market economy but takes a cautious approach towards liberalization to ensure that the idea of socialism doesn't get negated. In foreign relations nonalignment is the bedrock of the INC's foreign policy.

Party Leaders

Sonia Gandhi is the President of INC since 1998. She has an Italian ancestry and is the widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. At one point, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the INC ruled 15 out of 28 states in India. In 2004, despite massive support from within the party, Sonia Gandhi declined the post of Prime Minister, and chose to appoint Manmohan Singh instead. In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, INC won 207 seats and the UPA 262 seats and thus easily was able to form the government for the second time.

Rahul Gandhi is the Vice President of the INC and second in command of the party. Rahul Gandhi is seen as a youth icon of India. He entered politics in 2004 but assumed official posts since 2007. Rahul Gandhi sees himself as a uniting force who likes to reduce caste and religious tensions in the country. He hates divisive politics and is of the opinion that Hindu extremists pose a greater threat to the country than Muslim militants.

Manmohan Singh is one of the most senior leaders of the INC and current Prime Minister of India. A renowned economist, he is the only Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term, and the first Sikh to hold the office. In 1991, as a Finance Minister he carried out several structural reforms that liberalised India's economy. In 2004, when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power, its chairperson Sonia Gandhi unexpectedly relinquished the Prime Minister post that went to Manmohan Singh. In 2009 general election UPA returned to power and Manmohan Singh retained the office of Prime Minister. He has announced that he intends to step down after the 2014 general election.

INC Organization Structure:

The organizational structure of INC remains the same as it was in pre independence days. In every Indian state and union territory, there is a Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), which is the state-level unit of the party, responsible for directing political campaigns at local and state levels and assisting the campaigns for Parliamentary constituencies.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) is formed of delegates sent from the PCCs around the country. The delegates elect various Congress committees, including the Congress Working Committee, which consists of senior party leaders and office bearers, and takes all important executive and political decisions.

The President of the Indian National Congress is in effect the party's national leader, head of the organisation, head of the Working Committee and all chief Congress committees, chief spokesman and the Congress choice to become the Prime Minister. The Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) is the group of elected MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The CLP (Congress Legislative Party) consists of all Congress Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in each state.

The INC is recognized as the largest and one of the oldest democratically-operating political parties in the world. After being in power for two successive terms the INC is facing the incumbency problem in the general election of 2014.

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