The Indian National Congress (abbreviated INC, and commonly known as the Congress) is one of the two major political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is the largest and one of the oldest democratic political parties in the world. The party's modern liberal platform is largely considered center-left in the Indian political spectrum. Founded in 1885 by members of the occultist movement Theosophical Society—Allan Octavian Hume, Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Wacha, Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, Surendranath Banerjee, Monomohun Ghose, Mahadev Govind Ranade and William Wedderburn—the Indian National Congress became the leader of the Indian Independence Movement, with over 15 million members and over 70 million participants in its struggle against British rule in India. After independence in 1947, it became the nation's dominant political party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family for the most part; major challenges for party leadership have only recently formed.

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Congress attacks Vijayan for not appointing a new Vigilance chief

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 24

Kerala's Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday hit out at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for not appointing a full time chief of the Vigilance Department, alleging this omission was intended to scuttle a few cases before it.

Rahul thanks Sushma for recognizing Congress role in nation building

New Delhi, Sep 24

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for acknowledging the contribution of Congress governments in nation building.

Wait gets longer for Punjab's 'ministers-in-waiting'

Chandigarh, Sep 24
Returning to power after a decade-long political hiatus, the wait for many senior Congress legislators to get a real shot at power through ministerial berths has become longer.

Sushma acknowledges previous governments' development efforts

United Nations, Sep 24

In a display of unity on the world stage, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has paid a compliment to previous governments, including the Congress party, by acknowledging their efforts to build India.

Sushma covers range of issues from development, UN reform to terrorism, climate change

United Nations, Sep 24

Highlights of External Affairs Minister Swaraj's address to the United Nations on Saturday:

Pakistan 'world's greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity', says Sushma at UN

United Nations, Sep 23
Denouncing Pakistan as the "world's greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity", Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj accused Islamabad of being "only engaged in fighting us" and rejecting peace and dialogue.

Rahul to kickstart poll campaign in Gujarat on Monday

New Delhi, Sep 23

On returning from the US, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will kickstart his party's election campaign in poll-bound Gujarat on Monday.

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

New Delhi, Sep 23

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.

Trade union condemns discarding service charge in hospitality trade

Panaji, Sep 23

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) in Goa on Saturday protested against the central government's decision to stop service charges in hotels and restaurants.

AAP objects to Punjab's Rs 84 largesse to ex-CM

Chandigarh, Sep 23

Attacking the Congress government in Punjab for its largesse of Rs 84 lakh towards a former Chief Minister, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday accused it of "indulging in favoritism and nepotism" at the cost of the common man.

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