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.

Courtesy : Read more

Recent news stories about Indian National Congress

Sonia backs Vadra, says Modi not 'Shehenshah'

Rae Bareli/New Delhi, May 31

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday strongly backed her son-in-law Robert Vadra against allegations that he owns a house in London, funded by an arms dealer, and dared the government to probe the matter "unbiasedly".

No early assembly polls in Punjab: Badal

Chandigarh, May 31

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said that there was no move to advance the assembly elections in the state.

Mehbooba Mufti to file papers for Anantnag bypoll on Wednesday

Srinagar, May 31

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will file papers for Anantnag assembly constituency by-poll on Wednesday.

Sonia backs Vadra, says Modi not 'Shehenshah'

Rae Bareli/New Delhi, May 31

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of behaving like a "Shehenshah", Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday backed her son-in-law Robert Vadra over the allegation that he owns a 'benami' property in London and termed the charge a political conspiracy.

Akhilesh, Mayawati slam Amit Shah's 'drama' of dining at Dalit home

Lucknow, May 31

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah over his dining at a Dalit's house in Varanasi, saying that Samajwadi Party leaders don't indulge in "such drama".

BJP minister's 'maharani' retort to Sonia's 'shahenshah' jibe

New Delhi, May 31

Reacting to Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 'shahenshah' jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday launched a counter-attack, saying there was "no place for any maharani too in a democracy".

Shunted out Kerala Police chief vents his anger

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31

Kerala Police chief T.P. Sen Kumar, who was shunted out by the new Left Front government led by Chief mInister Pinarayi Vijayan in a high-level shake-up in the police force, on Tuesday publicly expressed his resentment over the move.

Delhi Dynamos invited to World Soccer Congress

Shanghai, May 31

Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Delhi Dynamos has been invited to become part of the World Soccer Congress, to be held here from June 1-3.

NDA government has failed to take action against corrupt: Congress

New Delhi, May 31

The Congress on Tuesday attacked the NDA government and accused it of failure to take action against those allegedly involved in corruption.

Charges against Robert Vadra a conspiracy: Sonia Gandhi

Lucknow, May 31

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday billed the allegations levelled against her son-in-law Robert Vadra of owning a house in London, funded by an arms dealer, as "yet another conspiracy of the BJP-led government towards Congress-Mukt Bharat".

Videos about Indian National Congress

Photos related to Indian National Congress

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah interacts with Congress Rajya Sabha ...

    May 31, 2016

    Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah interacts with Congress Rajya Sabha candidates Jairam Ramesh and Oscar Fernandes at Vidhan Soudha, in Bengaluru, on May 31, 2016.

  • Congress leader P Chidambaram and Narayan Rane file nomination for ...

    May 31, 2016

    Mumbai: Congress leader P Chidambaram and Narayan Rane file nomination for elections to Rajya Sabha at Maharashtra Assembly in Mumbai, on May 31, 2016.

  • BEIJING, May 30, 2016 - Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses an event ...

    May 30, 2016

    BEIJING, May 30, 2016 - Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses an event conflating the national conference on science and technology, the biennial conference of the country's two top think tanks, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology, in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2016. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

  • BEIJING, May 30, 2016 - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses an event ...

    May 30, 2016

    BEIJING, May 30, 2016 - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses an event conflating the national conference on science and technology, the biennial conference of the country's two top think tanks, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the national congress of the China Association for Science and Technology, in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

  • QUEZON CITY, May 30, 2016 - Philippine vice presidential winner Leni ...

    May 30, 2016

    QUEZON CITY, May 30, 2016 - Philippine vice presidential winner Leni Robredo (C) is congratulated by congressmen during the proclamation of president and vice president at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, the Philippines, May 30, 2016. Philippine Congress proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte as presidential winner and Leni Robredo as vice presidential winner on Monday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)