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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Grand alliance a la Bihar remote in poll-bound Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 28
It was "rising intolerance" or a "desperate survival bid" that saw old foes Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad join hands with the Congress to trump the BJP-led alliance in the Bihar polls. Will the approaching West Bengal assembly elections see the emergence of yet another grand alliance?

No breakthrough on GST in Modi-Congress meet, more talks soon

New Delhi, Nov 27

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the contentious Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill and though no breakthrough was achieved, they agreed to meet again to break the deadlock.

Modi praises Nehru, previous governments in Ambedkar debate

New Delhi, Nov 27

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lavished praise on Jawaharlal Nehru and hailed all previous governments as he struck a conciliatory note after two days of debate on B.R. Ambedkar that saw sparks fly between the opposition and treasury benches.

Modi meets Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Nov 27

In a move to reach out to the main opposition for the passage of key legislation in parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi at his official residence here.

Amarinder appointed Punjab Congress chief

New Delhi, Nov 27

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday appointed former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh as the state party chief ahead of the 2017 assembly elections.

Minister regrets remarks on Indira, Rajiv Gandhi

New Delhi, Nov 27

Union minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Friday expressed regrets for saying that former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were assassinated because of Congress' "wrong policies".

Kharge cautions government against any move to alter constitution

New Delhi, Nov 26

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday cautioned the Narendra Modi government against any attempt to alter the constitution, asserting his party will never let it happen.

Minister rakes up Ram temple, article 370 during constitution debate

New Delhi, Nov 26

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday said a Ram temple will be built at Ayodhya and raked up issues of abolition of article 370 and implementation of uniform civil code during a debate in the Lok Sabha.

'Secular' angle takes over Constitution debate in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 26

A discussion in the Lok Sabha on Thursday on the Constitution and its chief architect B.R. Ambedkar went on a different trajectory as Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed "secular" the most misused word and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi hit back, accusing the government of deliberately attacking "the principles that inspired the country for decades".

Constitutional principles, ideals under deliberate attack: Sonia

New Delhi, Nov 26

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday flayed the Narendra Modi government on the issue of intolerance during a debate in the Lok Sabha, saying that ideals and principles enshrined in the Indian constitution were "deliberately attacked".

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