Indian National Congress

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 waves 100 mn new jobs, reservation plank for votes

New Delhi, March 26

Asserting that its 10 years of governance had given India its highest economic growth, the Congress party Wednesday promised to return to that path in three years with a focus on manufacturing, stable prices, 100 million new jobs and a debate on affirmative action in private firms if re-elected.

Congress MP hit by pepper spray files police complaint

New Delhi, Feb 21

Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar from Andhra Pradeh has filed a police complaint against two MPs from his state who allegedly used pepper spray and brandished a "knife" in the Lok Sabha while opposing the Telangana bill.

Congress MP hit by pepper spray files police complaint (Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 21

Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar from Andhra Pradeh has filed a police complaint against two MPs from his state who allegedly used pepper spray and brandished a "knife" in the Lok Sabha while opposing the Telangana bill. Prabhakar was hospitalised for a few hours after the incident.

Congress MP wants proper parliament coverage in media

Panaji, Oct 13

Congress whip in the Rajya Sabha Shantaram Naik Monday said the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha should impress upon the media to give proper coverage to parliamentary proceedings.

48 candidates file nomination for first phase of Assam polls

Guwahati, March 21

A total of 48 candidates have filed their nominations for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam, which will go to polls April 7 in the first phase of the 2014 general elections.

In Haryana, BJP bets big on turncoats (Election Special)

Chandigarh, March 23

The BJP may have national ambitions to form the next union government, but the party seems to be finding it difficult to get suitable candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. The BJP is largely banking on turncoat leaders and others to establish itself in the state.

Family first: Bihar politicians field kin (Election Special)

Patna, April 2

It's all in the family as Bihar politicians have fielded sons, daughters, brothers, wives and close relatives in the Lok Sabha polls. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is a notable exception who has kept his family out of politics.

Modi should come clean on martial status: Congress MP

Panaji, April 8

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should come clean on his marital status while filing his nomination papers, a Congress parliamentarian here demanded Tuesday.

I am not a missing MP, says Ajay Maken

New Delhi, April 8

Ajay Maken, sitting Congress MP from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat, is giving the fight to retain the seat for the third term all he has, criss-crossing his constituency from morning till night, and bristles at criticism of being termed a "missing MP".

Congress MP slams Haryana CM

Jind (Haryana), Aug 20

Rajya Sabha MP Birender Singh, a known detractor of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Tuesday lashed out at the uneven development of the state at a rally here.

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