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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Government trying to hide GSPC scam, alleges Congress

New Delhi, Oct 25

The Congress on Tuesday questioned Narendra Modi government's decision to ask ONGC to purchase Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation's (GSPC) gas block, saying the government ignored CAG reports on GSPC scam to save it.

Rahul to become Congress chief soon: Soni

Shimla, Oct 25

Rahul Gandhi will soon become the Congress party President, party leader Ambika Soni said on Tuesday.

PM making triple talaq a BJP poll issue for polarisation: Owaisi

Hyderabad, Oct 25

AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making triple 'talaq' and Ram temple the core issues of the BJP campaign to polarise voters ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states.

DMK's meet on Cauvery ignored by AIADMK, others

Chennai, Oct 25

DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Tuesday presided over an "all-party meeting" to discuss the Cauvery issue but most major parties in the state gave it a miss.

Queries on alliance with SP faction hypothetical: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 24

The Congress party on Monday said it will not reply to "hypothetical questions" on whether it will ally with the Samajwadi Party or its breakaway faction ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Priyanka Gandhi takes part in Congress strategy meet on UP

New Delhi, Oct 24

In an indication of her taking on a more active role in electoral politics, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday took part in a strategy meet of the Congress for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Penguin's death in Mumbai Zoo sparks row

Mumbai, Oct 24

A day after a female Humboldt Penguin, a prized new possession of Mumbai Zoo, died following an infection, a political row erupted on Monday questioning the wisdom of keeping the endangered species in the harsh tropical climate of the metropolis.

Amarinder, Kejriwal trade barbs over debate on Twitter

Chandigarh, Oct 24

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh were locked in a war of words on Monday on social media platform Twitter over holding an open political debate on Punjab.

TMC leader Abhishek still under treatment a week after accident

Kolkata, Oct 24

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, continues to be under observation at a city nursing home a week after he met with a road accident.

Kejriwal accepts Amarinder's debate challenge

Bhatinda, Oct 24

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday agreed to have a debate with Punjab Congress leader Amarinder Singh after initially telling him to debate with the AAP's Punjab team.

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