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 condemns Vijayan being stopped from attending Bhopal programme

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 10

Congress' Kerala unit chief V.M. Sudheeran on Saturday night condemned the Madhya Pradesh Police from preventing Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from attending a function in Bhopal earlier in the day.

Post-demonetisation queues for larger good, time for e-money: PM

Deesa (Gujarat), Dec 10

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people queuing up at banks and ATMs after demonetisation were doing so for the larger good of the country in keeping with its tradition of selflessness but also stressed that they should adopt e-banking.

Russia helped Trump win, says CIA; Obama orders review

Washington, Dec 10

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the US electoral system. The report prompted the Obama administration to review the Russian hacking, the Washington Post reported.

Nobody prevented PM from speaking in Parliament: Congress

New Delhi, Dec 10

The Congress on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accusing the opposition parties of not letting him speak in Parliament on the demonetisation issue, saying "nobody has prevented him".

Mahila Congress President likens Modi to Tughlaq

Panaji, Dec 10

Likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emperor Mohammad bin Tughlaq, All India Mahila Congress President Shobha Ojha on Saturday said that a lot of "common people" were put to hardship due to a string of decisions taken by the Prime Minister in the course of demonetisation.

'Goa ministers' sexist remarks will be poll issue'

Panaji, Dec 10

Sexist remarks made by Goa's ruling politicians, along with corruption, will be key poll issues during the upcoming state assembly elections, All India Mahila Congress President Shobha Ojha said here on Saturday.

Sufi singer Hansraj Hans joins BJP

New Delhi, Dec 10

Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans on Saturday left the Congress and joined the BJP in the presence of party President Amit Shah at the party head quarters here.

Russia intervened in US elections to help Trump win: CIA

Washington, Dec 10

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the US electoral system, the Washington Post reported.

Will Modi's popularity save him when the votes are counted?

New Delhi

A month into the demonetisation drive, there cannot but be a sense of worry in government circles about the unchanging ground realities with no sign of the long queues before banks and ATMs shortening any time soon.

US religious freedom official's visit to India follows criticism

New York, Dec 10

A US religious freedom official is to visit India next week on the heels of criticism by Congressional leaders on restrictions on a Christian organisation funding activities in India.

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