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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Dissent agreeable, not disintegration of India: Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 27

Asserting that nobody had the right to support Indias disintegration and Kashmirs independence, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday accused leftist forces in the country of trying to turn universities into "laboratories for separatists experiments".

Police get all six accused in actress kidnap case in custody

Kochi, Feb 27

A court here on Monday handed custody of the four other persons accused in the kidnap of a popular actress to the police probe team.

People of UP have rejected 'unholy nexus' of SP-Congress: Modi

Mau (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 27

Expressing confidence that his BJP will get a majority in the Uttar Pradesh elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the "unholy nexus" of the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP)has already been rejected by the state's people.

Congress demands apology from Jaitley for 'insulting Indian academia'

New Delhi, Feb 27

The Congress on Monday demanded that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley apologise for having "insulted the Indian academia on foreign soil" for his remark at the London School of Economics (LSE) that "there is an alliance of subversion on Indian campuses".

Children not taking care of parents' maintenance: Tripura Minister

Agartala, Feb 27

The number of cases being filed by parents against their earning children for not taking care of their maintenance are increasing in Tripura, a minister said on Monday.

SIMI activists' killing: Congress MLAs walk out of MP assembly

Bhopal, Feb 27

Congress members on Monday walked out of the Madhya Pradesh assembly after expressing dissatisfaction over the reply given by Jails Minister Kusum Mahadele over the alleged killing of eight SIMI escapees in an allegedly staged gunfight in the state.

Never concluded there is no conspiracy in actress kidnap case: Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 27

The Kerala Assembly on Monday witnessed heated exchanges between the treasury and opposition benches over the kidnap of a popular actress earlier this month, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan clarifying that the state government has not concluded that there is no conspiracy in the kidnap case.

Will review BJD's panchayat poll performance: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27

In the wake of a setback in the Odisha panchayat elections, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said the performance of the ruling BJD will be reviewed diligently and correctives applied in both the party and government.

Rijiju asks who is 'polluting' DU girl's mind, draws opposition flak

New Delhi, Feb 27

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Monday wondered who was "polluting" the mind of a Delhi University student whose campaign on social media against the ABVP over the Ramjas College violence has gone viral. The Minister's tweet attracted opposition flak.

Modi government attacking democracy: Congress

New Delhi, Feb 27

The Congress on Monday accused the Modi government of joining forces with the Sangh Parivar to unleash assaults on Indian democracy.

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