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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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Poll alliance to be decided at CPI-M Congress: Yechury

Posted On : Oct 16,2017,    9:08 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The CPI-M on Monday said it will decide the issue of aligning with the Congress at its 22nd party Congress to be held from April 18 to 22 next year in Hyderabad. View More..

BJP's declared assets increased by 627% in 10 years: ADR

Posted On : Oct 16,2017,    8:44 pm
Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) declared assets jumped by 627 per cent from Rs 122.93 crore to over Rs 893 crore between FY 2004-05 and 2015-16, according to an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). View More..

Rallying secular parties different from poll alliances: Yechury

Posted On : Oct 16,2017,    8:06 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said rallying secular and like-minded parties against the communal forces represented by the BJP-RSS is "different from forging elections alliances". View More..

Mukul Roy resigns as MP, cites lack of principle for leaving Trinamool

Posted On : Oct 11,2017,    7:34 pm
New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) Suspended Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Wednesday resigned his Rajya Sabha seat and cited "lack of principle" as his compulsion to leave the party of which he was a founding member. View More..

11 in fray for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

Posted On : Sep 27,2017,    7:26 pm
Chandigarh, Sep 27 (IANS) Eleven candidates are in fray for the Gurdaspur Parliamentary by-election to be held on October 11, a senior Punjab poll official said here on Wednesday. View More..

Congress condemns attack on Ilaiah, demands action against TDP MP

Posted On : Sep 25,2017,    7:02 pm
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Congress on Monday condemned the attack on writer and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah and demanded action against a TDP MP who had allegedly threatened him. View More..

Congress targets BJP, PM over Dawood's wife's India visit

Posted On : Sep 23,2017,    8:10 pm
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government should explain how absconding don Dawood Ibrahim's wife managed to visit Mumbai last year undetected and added that it raises questions about the credibility of the Centre and the Maharashtra government as well as the state and central security agencies. View More..

B-Town celebrities condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Posted On : Sep 06,2017,    11:06 am
Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) Bollywood personalities like Shekhar Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar have condemned the death of senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence by unidentified men on Tuesday. View More..

BJP, Congress, JD-U got political trusts' funding in FY16: Report

Posted On : Aug 29,2017,    10:00 pm
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC) and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) are the only political parties that received donations from political trusts in financial year 2015-16, said a survey on Tuesday. View More..

Bhutanese embrace top Indian authors, packed houses at Mountain Echoes Day 2 (Roundup)

Posted On : Aug 26,2017,    6:00 pm
Thimphu, Aug 26 (IANS) Saturday turned out to be the high-point of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival as it witnessed packed sessions by some of the most popular as well as critically-acclaimed authors from India. Sessions by some prominent Bhutanese authors such as Ashi Sonam Choden Dorji were well attended too but it was the likes of Ruskin Bond, Shashi Tharoor and Devdutt Pattanaik who ruled the roost. View More..

Indira showed the world what women leaders were capable of: Bhutan's Queen Mother

Posted On : Aug 26,2017,    4:58 pm
Thimphu, Aug 26 (IANS) Bhutan's Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, showered praise on late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a book launch here on Saturday, referring to her as a woman of great courage who had a charismatic character. Wangchuck said she was personally inspired by Gandhi. View More..

Lost 86 workers in Kannur in battle for dominance with CPI-M: RSS

Posted On : Aug 17,2017,    1:12 pm
Kannur (Kerala) Aug 17 (IANS) The RSS, which began operating from Cannanore in 1928 to make inroads into what is today known as Kannur, a Communist bastion, has lost as many as 86 of its workers in as many years in the district infamous for political killings, say RSS workers. View More..

Democracy under attack by communal, repressive forces: Sonia

Posted On : Aug 09,2017,    2:40 pm
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday expressed concern over "attacks on democracy" by "communal and repressive forces" in the country. View More..

Democracy under attack by communal, repressive forces: Sonia

Posted On : Aug 09,2017,    12:58 pm
New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday expressed concern over attacks on democracy by the "communal and repressive forces" in the country. View More..

Sonia attacks Modi government, says many sections living in fear

Posted On : Aug 08,2017,    10:02 pm
New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government, saying that many sections were living in fear and that liberty of the individual was being daily trampled upon by anti-social elements and self-appointed vigilantes. View More..

CWC meet on Tuesday

Posted On : Aug 07,2017,    10:08 pm
New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet here on Tuesday, the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, and is likely to adopt a resolution on it. View More..

Black day for democracy, says Congress of Nitish government

Posted On : Jul 27,2017,    3:30 pm
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday hit out at JD-U chief Nitish Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance and aligning with the BJP to form government in Bihar and termed it as a "black day" for democracy and disregard of people's mandate. View More..

Deeply disappointed with Nitish resignation, will try to respect Bihar mandate: Congress

Posted On : Jul 26,2017,    9:16 pm
New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The Congress party on Wednesday voiced "deep disappointment" at the resignation of Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister and said it will try to sort out differences of opinion between partners of the Grand Alliance to see that the five-year assembly victory mandate is respected. View More..

Why is PM silent over use of 'Indian-administered J&K' by US: Congress

Posted On : Jun 28,2017,    10:44 pm
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) The Congress party on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for their silence over the use of the term "Indian-administered Kashmir" in a US government order and asked whether it was a "sell-out of national interests". View More..

Why did PM not protest over 'Indian-administered J&K' while in US, asks Congress

Posted On : Jun 28,2017,    8:04 pm
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) The Congress party on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for their silence over use of the phrase 'Indian-administered Kashmir' in a US government order, and asked whether it was a "selling out of national interests". 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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