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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CPI-M calls for movement against poll violence

Kolkata, May 5

Strongly condemning the recent attacks on children, CPI-M's West Bengal state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra on Thursday called upon the people of the state to build up a movement against political violence.

AgustaWestland: Another ex-IAF officer, lawyer questioned on Thursday

New Delhi, May 5

The CBI on Thursday questioned IAF's former assistant chief of air staff (plans) N.V. Tyagi and city-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan in connection with the alleged payoffs in the Rs. 3,600-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

Amit Shah visits Dalit woman's family in Kerala, BJP forms panel

New Delhi, May 5

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday set up a three-member committee to look into incidents of atrocities against Dalit women in election-bound Kerala, and also visited Perumbavoor to meet the family members of a 30-year-old Dalit woman who was raped and brutally murdered.

No tax on agriculture, but tax evaders won't be spared: Jaitley

New Delhi, May 5

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday outright rejected suggestions to tax agricultural income but warned of strict action against those passing off income from other sources as agricultural income.

Well-off EBCs should not get quota benefit: Bihar commission chief

Patna, May 5

Bihar State Commission for Extremely Backward Castes (EBCs) chairman Ratan Kumar Mandal on Thursday said that the rich and well-off among the EBCs should not avail of the benefits of reservation in government jobs.

Before rape, Goa MLA 'bought' minor girl for Rs.50 lakh

Panaji, May 5

Goa's former education minister and an unattached legislator Atanasio Monserrate, who was arrested by the state police Crime Branch on Thursday for raping a minor girl, had "purchased" the girl for Rs.50 lakh from her aunt and an accomplice prior to the crime, police said on Thursday.

AIADMK anti-people, anti-famer, says Sonia

Chennai, May 5

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday slammed Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK as "anti-people" and "anti-farmer" by not lending a helping hand in times of need.

Zail Singh was a true giani: Mukherjee

New Delhi, May 5

Paying tributes to his predecessor Giani Zail Singh on his 100th birth anniversary, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday termed him a "true Giani" (knowledgeable one) and recalled his deep understanding of Indian history, culture and civilisation.

Mehbooba defends alliance with BJP

Srinagar, May 5

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday hit out at those blaming her party for aligning with the BJP in the state.

Former enclave dwellers vote first time as Bengal polls end

Kolkata, May 5

Led by enthusiastic centenarians and sprightly youngsters, thousands of people from the erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar made history as they exercised their right to vote for the first time in West Bengal assembly polls' sixth and final phase on Thursday.

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