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Kejriwal attacks Modi, Rahul - April 23, 2014 02:08 PM

Ahead of filing his nomination from Varanasi, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal launched a full throttle attack on both Narendra Modi & Rahul Gandhi. Addressing his supporters at a massie roadshow,  Kejriwal warned people to not get fooled.   "I am going to file my nomination in this worn out vehicle but Modi will come tomorrow (Thursday) in his helicopter. So people of Kashi should also not get fooled like the people in Amethi has been fooled for many years now," Kejriwal told his supporters who were accompanying him to the collectors office. He also said that the people of Varanasi want a candidate who understands & relates to their problems.

Would focus on positive work, not Vadra: Modi - April 23, 2014 11:28 AM

Terming Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra "unimportant", BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi said he would prefer focusing on positive work, rather than digging up skeletons. Asked if action would be taken against Priyanka Gandhi's husband Vadra if the BJP comes to power, Modi told ABP News: "In my tenure in government (Gujarat), I have never opened any closed file. This is my personal view. Five years is a small time, I would focus on doing good work." Source: IANS

Sonia hits out at BJP, Trinamool Congress - April 22, 2014 05:49 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today accused BJP leaders of crossing every limit of decency to malign the Congress and create a vicious environment across the country. Addressing an election rally at Islampur town in North Dinajpur district, Gandhi also charged the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress government with being hand in glove with scamsters. Source: IANS

Rahul holds road show in Rajasthan - April 22, 2014 05:47 PM

Amid beating of drums, showering of flower petals, bursting of crackers and shouting of slogans, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today held a road show for his aide Jitendra Singh who is contesting from Alwar Lok Sabha constituency. Singh, a union minister in the Manmohan Singh government, is facing a tough battle this time against the BJP's Mahant Chandnath. Source: IANS

My Husband is being defamed,says Priyanka Gandhi - April 22, 2014 03:32 PM

While campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra finally broke her silence on graft allegations against her husband Robert Vadra. Priyanka Gandhi  accused rival parties of  defaming Vadra with “false allegations”. Speaking at a roadshow in Rae Bareli she said, “The more they attack my family, the stronger we would emerge.”

Chhattisgarh's top guns face tough fight - April 22, 2014 02:00 PM

Chhattisgarh's political bigwigs, including a niece of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, face their toughest battle as the third and final phase of polling takes place in the state on Thursday. Those in the fray include six-time BJP MP and former Union Minister Ramesh Bais, Congress leader and Union Minister of state Charandas Mahant and Karuna Shukla, who is Vajpayee's niece. Source: IANS

Cobrapost Sting: Delhi Police, govt colluded during 84 riots - April 22, 2014 01:59 PM

In what will spell more trouble for the Congress, the Cobrapost has released  a sting operation that claims  the Delhi Police acted in connivance with the then state government during the 1984-anti Sikh riots. The video relased by Cobrapost shows many Delhi Police officers alleging that some top brass officers worked in tandem with the government to teach Sikhs “a lesson”. The officers also admitted that they failed to act as a force. While the then Police Commissioner SC Tandon evading all the questions by the undercover reporter, ex-Additional Commissioner of Police, Gautam Kaul, said that he had no first-hand information of rioting

Azam pitches Mulayam as PM - April 22, 2014 12:52 PM

SP leader Azam Khan has raised a pitch for party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as the next Prime Minister of the country. "It would be unfortunate for India if Mulayam Singh does not become the Prime Minister, he said at a rally. This latest pitch for the SP Supremo comes at a time, when he has been reiterating that neither BJP nor Congress will come to power at the centre, and the Third Front, in which SP would be the largest party, would form government at the Centre

Sibal hits out after Modi tweets - April 22, 2014 12:18 PM

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal lashed out at Narendra Modi after the latter tweeted criticizing Togadia & Giriraj.  Sibal questioned why Modi had not taken any action against either Togadia or Giriraj. Scoffing at Mr Modi's tweets, Congress' Kapil Sibal said, "What about all the statements that he has made since 2002 against the leadership of Congress party and against all other people? The man absolutely has a forked tongue and he speaks with a double voice.


Congress has only one agenda - to stop me, says Modi - April 22, 2014 10:17 AM

The Congress is pursuing a single-point agenda "Stop Modi" but the voting trend so far in the Lok Sabha elections indicates that the UPA is on its way out, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said. Addressing an election rally in Kalyan town in Thane district, Modi said the Congress was not fighting to retain power or to win the election. Source: IANS

TRS is only interested in power, says Rahul - April 22, 2014 10:14 AM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is interested only in power and urged people to vote for his party to ensure development and prosperity in Telangana. Addressing an election meeting in this town in Telangana, he accused the TRS of going back on its promise to merge it with the Congress after formation of Telangana state. Source: IANS

Never gave a clean chit to Tytler: Amarinder - April 22, 2014 10:12 AM

Facing criticism from the ruling Akali Dal and other Sikh groups for defending Jagdish Tytler for his alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Monday said he had not given a clean chit to the Congress leader. Amarinder Singh, who is the Congress candidate from the Amritsar Lok Sabha consituency and faces Bharatiya Janata Party's Arun Jaitley, said: "I am nobody to give clean chit to anyone, including Jagdish Tytler, as it is for the courts to decide."   Source: IANS

Everyone claims credit for AMU in Muslim-majority Kishanganj - April 21, 2014 04:58 PM

Setting up of an Aligarh Muslim University centre in the Muslim dominated Kishanganj constituency has become a major issue. One of the most backward pockets of Bihar, several political parties are now claiming credit for the institution. After Congress president Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the AMU centre in January, party candidate and sitting member Ashrarul Haque is seeking votes in the centre's name, claiming it to be a big achievement.

Congress has bluffed on 'one rank, one pension': Jaitley - April 21, 2014 04:01 PM

The Congress has repeatedly "bluffed" ex-servicemen on the issue of "one rank, one pension", senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said today.  "The BJP has included the 'one rank, one pension' issue as part of its manifesto. We are committed to implement this. The Congress has been repeatedly bluffing ex-servicemen on this issue," he said. Source: IANS

Massive protests outside Congress HQ - April 21, 2014 02:32 PM

Shiromani Akali Dal workers staged protests outside Cong Headquarters after former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler. Hundreds of Akali workers protested & demanded action against Singh. Police had to use water canons to disperse the agitating Akali protesters as they tried to break the barricades placed outside the head quarters.

Beni calls Modi murderer, BJP says Congress campaign at nadir - April 21, 2014 11:13 AM

Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma Sunday got the BJP's hackles up by alleging its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had fled from home at the age of 18 after committing murder. In a strong rejoinder, the BJP demanded the Congress clarify whether it supported the charge. Reacting, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said here that Verma's allegations showed that the Congress' poll campaign has reached "an absolute nadir... the lowest point that one can reach". Source: IANS

Sonia cancels Mumbai rally citing ill health - April 21, 2014 11:11 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday cancelled her day-long tour of Maharashtra, citing health reasons. She was to address three election rallies in the state -- first in Dhule, followed by Nandurbar and Mumbai. Congress sources said Sonia Gandhi was unwell, but refused to disclose any details. Source: IANS

Only Congress can ensure development, says Rahul - April 21, 2014 11:03 AM

Lashing out at the BJP for indulging in divisive politics and misleading Indian people, Rahul Gandhi said only the Congress can ensure all-round development and progress in the country. Addressing his first rally in Mumbai at the suburban BKC Grounds, Gandhi targeted Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for making false claims. Source: IANS

SC should order BJP leader Giriraj's arrest: Soz - April 21, 2014 11:00 AM

 Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Saifuddin Soz on Sunday demanded suo motu notice by the Supreme Court of the "brazen violation" of the model code of conduct by BJP leader Giriraj Singh who said those opposing Narendra Modi should be sent to Pakistan. In a statement issued here, Soz said: "It is high time that the Supreme Court takes suo motu notice of the blatant and brazen violation of the election code of the conduct by BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who is contesting from Nawada Lok Sabha seat in Bihar." Source: IANS

Three held over post-poll violence in Odisha - April 20, 2014 01:18 PM

Three Congress workers were arrested in Odisha's Kendrapada district in connection with the Friday post-poll violence that left one person dead and four others injured in the region, an official said Sunday. "We have arrested three people so far. All belong to the Congress party," District Superintendent of Police Rabi Narayan Behera told IANS. The clash broke out between the supporters of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Congress in Aul area of the district Friday night over alleged election irregularities, a day after voting for assembly and Lok Sabha was held in the area. Source : IANS

BJP's charges of corruption against Congress false: Sonia - April 20, 2014 11:30 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP, saying that its "false propaganda" on corruption charges against the UPA government was nothing but an attempt to cover up cases of corruption in states ruled by it. Source: IANS

Modi terms UPA 'mother-son' government, hits out at 'RSVP model' - April 20, 2014 11:28 AM

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Saturday fired fresh salvos at the Congress, terming the UPA a "mother-son" government and raking up the alleged land deals of Robert Vadra by saying that the country wants to know about the "RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka) model". Addressing rallies in Bihar and Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said the Congress was sure to be defeated in the Lok Sabha elections. Source: IANS

Tharoor hopeful of good showing by Congress in Tamil Nadu - April 20, 2014 11:26 AM

Union minister Shashi Tharoor Saturday said that Congress was set to put up a good show in Tamil Nadu in the ongoing general elections to Lok Sabha, saying that voters were "very enthusiastic" about it decision to shun alliances and go alone. Speaking to media persons at the Congress headquarters upon his return after campaigning in the state, Tharoor said: "People in Chennai are very enthusiastic about the fact that Congress has not entered into any electoral alliance in the state and are more inclined to vote for its candidates."

Three held over post-poll violence in Odisha - April 20, 2014 11:21 AM

Three Congress workers were arrested in Odisha's Kendrapada district in connection with the Friday post-poll violence that left one person dead and four others injured in the region, an official said Sunday. "We have arrested three people so far. All belong to the Congress party," District Superintendent of Police Rabi Narayan Behera told IANS. Source: IANS

Sonia Gandhi bats for son Rahul - April 19, 2014 05:13 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday tried to strike an emotional chord at a public rally and told the gathering that she had given her son Rahul Gandhi to the people of Amethi in 2004. Canvassing for her son who is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said the Congress vice president had done a lot of development work in the constituency and the remaining work will be finished in his next term. Source: IANS
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Indian National Congress (INC or Congress) Facts

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Founded on 1885, 128 years ago
FounderBritish civil servant Allan Octavian Hume
Present prominent leaders of INCSmt. Sonia Gandhi, Shri Rahul Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh
Parliamentary ChairpersonSonia Gandhi
President of INCSonia Gandhi
Leader of INC in Lok SabhaSushilkumar Shinde
Leader of INC in Rajya SabhaDr. Manmohan Singh
Probable PM Candidate 2014Rahul Gandhi
Present Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Political PositionCenter left (Capitalism)
PhilosophyPopulism, Indian Nationalism (Liberal nationalism), Social democracy, Democratic socialism, Gandhian socialism, Progressivism
Alliance(UPA) United Progressive Alliance
Party typeNational Party
Student WingNational Students Union of India
Labour WingIndian National Trade Union Congress
Seats in Lok Sabha206 out of 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha70 out of 245
Head office address24, Akbar Road, New Delhi
Phone no.91-11-23019080
Official websitehttp://www.inc.in/
INC current Chief Ministers
Andhra PradeshShri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy
Arunachal PradeshShri Nabam Tuki
AssamShri Tarun Gogoi
HaryanaShri Bhupinder Singh Hooda
KeralaShri Oommen Chandy
MaharashtraShri Prithviraj Chavan
ManipurShri Okram Ibobi Singh
MeghalayaDr Mukul Sangma
UttarakhandShri Harish Rawat
KaranatakaShri Siddaramaiah
MizoramShri Lalthanhawla
Himachal PradeshShri Virbhadra Singh
INC Candidate List for General Elections 2014
Founded in the year 1885 under the guidance of British civil servant Allan Octavian Hume, the Indian National Congress (INC),
popularly known as the Congress, is the country’s oldest political party. Today it is one of the two major national political parties, other being the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and operates on the ideology of Gandhian Socialism and Social Democracy. Its political position is centre-left in contrast to BJP which is the right-wing religious nationalist.

Members of the Theosophical Society, namely Dadabhai Naoroji, Surendranath Banerjee, M.G. Ranade, Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, Dinshaw Wacha, Monomohun Ghose and William Wedderburn, headed by A.O. Hume, established the Indian National Congress to play a pivotal role in the Indian freedom struggle against the British rule. Liberal nationalism became the war-cry of the Congress, drawing to it more than 15 million members and triple the number of participants in the anti-imperialist struggle. Though it began as a political party, the INC was symbolic of the largest vehicle of the Indian National Movement in the pre-independent era, being the sole representative of the people of the country and representing social reform causes and human progress.

The Congress is credited with a number of historic demands and movements of the freedom struggle. With Mahatma Gandhi adorning the centre stage of Indian freedom struggle, a number of other members of the Congress joined the freedom struggle. Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jayaprakash Narayan, Jivatram Kripalani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rajendra Prasad and others followed in the aura of Gandhian policy of Satyagraha and his concept of non-violence. The Congress became increasingly popular among the masses, though with years, it began to identify itself with the big business houses of the Tata’s and the Birla’s. In the final years of the British rule, the Congress became synonymous to the leadership and spiritual guidance of Mahatma Gandhi. With the independence of India being achieved in 1947 and the immediate assassination of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru became the sole undisputed head of the INC in independent India. The INC faced severe crisis in 1967, when Indira Gandhi, the then President of Congress, faced criticisms and oppositions from the majority members of the INC, as her leadership failed to achieve success in the states of the Hindi belt. The Congress witnessed a split, as a result of the growing tensions between the elder members and the young members of the INC. The faction headed by Indira Gandhi came to be called Congress (R) or the ‘New Congress’ and the official and original Congress party led by Kamaraj came to be called Indian National Congress (Organization) or INC(O) or the ‘Old Congress’. Soon however, the Election Commission of India identified the ‘New Congress’ as the official Congress. With Indira Gandhi becoming autocratic and dictatorial in her approach, as the Congress President as well as the PM of India, increasing factionalism took place within the Congress party. In the face of severe opposition, she unleashed a police state in the country by proclaiming a National Emergency in 1975. She lifted the emergency in 1977 when fresh elections were held. Indira Gandhi’s authoritarian rule led to the first electoral defeat of the Congress in the hands of the Janata Party in 1977.

The present President of the INC is Indira Gandhi’s daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi, the wife of Rajiv Gandhi. The present Vice President of the INC is Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi. The Nehru-Gandhi legacy has percolated to the party’s top leadership even today. The Congress has won a number of general elections in the country. The 2009 elections made the Congress form the present government in a Congress-led UPA alliance. Manmohan Singh is the present Prime Minister of India, and represents the Congress party.

Election Symbol and its Significance

The election symbol of the Congress party, as approved by the Election Commission of India, is the “right hand”, with its palm-side facing front. It is usually seen in the centre of an Indian flag, which forms its background. The fingers of the hand are pressed together. This election symbol is significant as it was selected by the Indira Gandhi led Congress (R), which later came to be recognized as the official Congress.

The symbol of the original Congress, founded in 1885 was different - it had a symbol of ‘two bullocks with plough’. The present hand symbol was first used by Indira Gandhi as she split from the old faction and created the New Congress. The hand is symbolic of strength, energy and unity. The Congress is the largest democratic party in the country with the largest number of members and party worker. The Congress, according to its symbol, works in unity with the members and the masses, thereby forming a strong party. The working of the Congress, which follows various ranks within its organizational structure, is also representative of the energy and efforts needed to function as a party.

The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) is the smallest functional unit of the Congress, present at the state-level in every state or Pradesh. Together, the delegates of the PCCs form the All India Congress Committee (AICC). This structured working of the party lends unity, show of strength and effort to rule across India.

Leaders of Congress

The Congress Working Committee is the highest decision-making body of the INC. The leaders of the INC, who are also their representatives and national executives, are:
  • Sonia Gandhi, President of INC
  • Sonia Gandhi, the Parliamentary Chairperson of the INC, succeeded her husband Rajiv Gandhi as the Congress President in 1998 and has remained in that post ever since. She is the longest serving President of the party in the history of the INC. She has served as the President of the National Advisory Council (NAC), which is an unconstitutional body set up to aid and advise the Prime Minister in his governance of the country. She has also served as the Leader of Opposition in the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999, when the BJP-led NDA government came to power. Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of the present United Progressive Alliance (UPA) since 2004, when the Congress-led UPA came to power consecutively in 2004 and 2009.
  • Manmohan Singh, PM and Leader of House, Rajya Sabha
  • Singh is the current Prime Minister of India. He has retained the post of PM for 2 consecutive terms in 2004 and 2009. He is the first PM after Jawaharlal Nehru, to have completed the full 5-year term in office. His government under UPA-1 and UPA-2 is said to have brought about certain important acts and schemes such as the Right to Information Act in 2008, Rural Health Mission, Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and the recent Food Security Bill in 2013.
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde, Leader of House, Lok Sabha
  • Shinde is a member of the Congress Working Committee in the category of ‘Permanent Invitees’. Besides being the Leader in Lok Sabha, he is the Minister of Home Affairs in the present UPA-2 government.
  • Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the INC
  • Rahul Gandhi is a Member of Parliament from the Amethi constituency in UP. He is also the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress as well as the National Students Union of India (NSUI). Rahul Gandhi is being viewed as a potential Prime Ministerial candidate from the INC in the upcoming 2014 general elections.
  • A.K. Anthony, MP, Rajya Sabha
  • Antony is the Defence Minister of India in the present UPA government.
  • Digvijay Singh, General Secretary, AICC
  • Singh has remained the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and one of the most important figures in the INC.

Achievements of Congress

As the oldest-surviving national political party, the INC has had a number of achievements in the political scenario of the country. Some of these are listed below:
  • The INC has a number of frontal organizations and mass wings under its banner. Its student wing called the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has a vibrant presence in student politics across the country. It has contributed to the cause of women through its women’s wing called All India Mahila Congress. Its labour wing, one of the largest trade unions in the country, is called Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). Its youth wing is called Indian Youth Congress.
  • The UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments, successively in power in 2004 and 2009, have initiated some of the important social policies like Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Rural Health Mission. The party claims to take into account the causes of the marginalized and underprivileged sections of the society through Reservation Policies in all sectors of government jobs and education. The INC also supports the family planning with birth control scheme, though it does not overtly adhere to it in terms of a policy etc. The INC claims to operate on the Gandhian principles of Sarvodaya or upliftment of all sections of the society.
  • The INC has had healthy foreign relations with countries of USA, European Union and other SAARC countries. The UPA government initiated peace talks with bordering countries of China and Pakistan. The INC has maintained the policy of non-alignment as its major foreign intervention. In fact, Jawaharlal Nehru was the founder of the Non-Alignment Movement. The successive Congress governments have been participants in major international organizations like World Trade Organization, G20 Industrial Summits, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, UN Security Council, East Asia Summit and others.
  • The Congress government has been a proponent of economic neo-liberalism, as its economic policy from 1991. They have initiated free market policies and other schemes such as disinvestment of profit making PSUs, introducing FDIs in finance sector and MNCs in retail sector. These have been opposed by other political parties as being anti-people.
  • The historic Right to Information Act was passed in 2011, thereby making the government responsible for its actions. Other significant legislations passed by the Congress are Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, Benami Transaction Prohibition Bill, Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, Public Procurement Bill and others. Another significant piece of legislation passed in February 2013 was Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.

Contact Details

Official Website of INC: http://aicc.org.in/
Head-Office Address of INC: 24, Akbar Road, New Delhi - 110011, India
Contact Numbers:
PHONE: 91-11-23019080
FAX: 91-11-23017047
Email id: office@aicc.in

Last Updated on February 07, 2014

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