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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'Return of jungle raj' is an opposition conspiracy: Lalu Prasad

Patna, Feb 8

The "return of Jungle Raj in Bihar" is a lie spread by the opposition parties in their attempt to defame the state, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has said.

Sidhu shadow haunts BJP ahead of Punjab elections

Chandigarh, Feb 8
Having sidelined its most popular political face, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the BJP in Punjab seems undecided on its own future political course as the state heads for crucial assembly polls in about a year's time.

Kapu leader continues fast, government holds talks

Visakhapatnam, Feb 8

Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham and his wife's indefinite fast to demand reservation for the community, entered the fourth day on Monday even as the Andhra Pradesh government continued talks with them to convince them to call off the protest.

Rahul to launch Congress campaign in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will reach Kerala on Tuesday to virtually kickstart the ruling UDF's campaign for the coming assembly elections.

Owaisi surrenders, gets bail in assault case

Hyderabad, Feb 8

A city court on Monday granted bail to MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi after he surrendered before police in a case relating to an attack on Congress leaders.

Middle East situation like pre-Independence India

New Delhi, Feb 8
The current turmoil in the Middle East is due as much to sectarianism as the legacies of colonial rule, and the situation is quite like the Indian subcontinent in the decade prior to Independence, says regional expert Vali Nasr.

CPI says yet to receive proposal on alliance with Congress

Kolkata, Feb 7

The Communist Party of India was yet to receive any proposal from the CPI-Marxist regarding any tie-up with the Congress for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls, a senior CPI leader said on Sunday.

Naga bodies slam Manipur rally

New Delhi, Feb 7

Two Naga organisations on Sunday slammed a rally held in the Manipur valley on Saturday purportedly for the "common future of Manipur" and to reaffirm and strengthen the integrity of the state.

JMM demands SIT probe into school student's murder

Ranchi, Feb 7

Jharkhand's main opposition party JMM on Sunday demanded a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the brutal murder of a Class 7 student inside a private school campus in the state capital.

Modi launches IOCL refinery in Paradip, regrets project delays

Paradip (Odisha), Feb 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated to the nation a 15-million tonnes a year refinery of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) here, and expressed regrets over delay in execution of different projects.

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