Final voter turnout in Bihar recorded at 56% |Voting ends in Chhattisgarh with 62% voter turnout | Udhampur, J&K records 61% voting | 62% final vote turnout in Jharkhand |61 percent polling in Karnataka, 50 percent in Bangalore | Around 52% voting witnessed in Madhya Pradesh by 5:00 PM | Around 48% voting witnessed in Maharashtra by 3:00 PM | Manipur records 74 percent polling | Odisha voter turnout reaches 70% |Over 63 percent vote in Rajasthan | Uttar Pradesh records around 58.86% polling | 78% poll recorded till 5.30 pm in West Bengal |Phase 6 of General Elections 2014 will be held on 24-04-2014 in Assam |Final voter turnout in Bihar recorded at 56% |Voting ends in Chhattisgarh with 62% voter turnout | Udhampur, J&K records 61% voting | 62% final vote turnout in Jharkhand |Around 52% voting witnessed in Madhya Pradesh by 5:00 PM | Around 48% voting witnessed in Maharashtra by 3:00 PM | Phase 6 of General Elections 2014 will be held on 24-04-2014 in Puducherry |Over 63 percent vote in Rajasthan | Phase 6 of General Elections 2014 will be held on 24-04-2014 for 39 seats in Tamil Nadu |Phase 6 of Assembly Elections 2014 will be held on 24-04-2014 for 1 seats in Tamil Nadu |Uttar Pradesh records around 58.86% polling | 78% poll recorded till 5.30 pm in West Bengal |Phase 5 General (Lok Sabha ) Elections ended in all 12 states | Kumar Vishwas files nomination from Amethi | Kejriwal target of stones in Varanasi | Trinamool captured 147 polling booths in Bengal: Left Front | Congress heads likely to roll in Kerala

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NDA's economic policy to focus on job creation, says Modi - April 18, 2014 10:13 AM

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday hit out at a Congress woman minister from the state for stalling infrastructural projects in Tamil Nadu, and promised an economic policy that would provide jobs to the youth. Addressing an election rally in Erode town, known for its textiles and turmeric, around 400 km from Chennai, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said: "The economy would be reoriented with job creation at the centre." Source: IANS

Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of dividing country - April 18, 2014 10:01 AM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday accused the BJP of "dividing" the country into two parts and said his party wants a "united" India. "If the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) comes to power, the country will fall in the grip of only five to six very rich people," Gandhi said while addressing a rally here. Source: IANS

Congress heads likely to roll in Kerala - April 17, 2014 09:01 PM

Heads could soon roll in the Congress in Kerala after an assessment of the party's Lok Sabha election performance and action against errant leaders. Party sources said state Congress president V.M. Sudheeran this week asked all the 14 district presidents to submit a detailed report by Mondayof the general elections held April 10. Source: IANS

Uma Bharti slams Modi in video - April 17, 2014 08:50 PM

The Congress Thursday released a video that showed BJP leader Uma Bharti as describing her party's prime ministerial candidate as "vinash purush" (man of destruction). "Innocent Hindus are languishing in jail in Gujarat. Has Narendra Modi done anything about it?" Uma Bharti is seen asking in the video which Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said was recorded in Gujarat a few years back. Source: IANS

Around 31% voting witnessed in Maharashtra by 1:00 PM - April 17, 2014 05:12 PM

The state of Maharashtra registered an average of 31% voter turnout by 1:00 PM, in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state. The Kolhapur constituency recorded the highest turnout at 40%, and Baramati at 20.53%, which was the lowest. Sushilkumar Shinde, a Congress candidate from Solapur and Supriya Sule, a NCP candidate in Pune were among the early voters.

Jyotiraditya Scindia confident of his victory in Guna - April 17, 2014 11:51 AM

According to media sources, Jyotiraditya Scindia has stated, that he is confident of his victory from the Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh in the 2014 General Elections. An existing MP, he represents the Indian National Congress (INC) in the constituency.

Polling for four seats in West Bengal Starts - April 17, 2014 08:12 AM

The first phase of polling begun in West Bengal for four constituencies. 47 candidates' fortune will be decided in this first phase. The most highlighted candidate is Bhaichung Bhutia whois the Congress candidate from the Darjeeling seat.

BJP caught in the hands of a single individual: Sonia Gandhi - April 16, 2014 04:14 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday the Bharatiya Janata Party is caught up in the hands of a single individual and the nation should not fall into this trap. She also said the Congress party has done the most to help the Sri Lankan Tamils. Addressing an election rally here, around 710 km from Chennai, Gandhi said the nation is being divided on the basis of religion which in turn would destroy social peace. Source: IANS

Time to bid goodbye to Congress: Modi - April 16, 2014 03:06 PM

Years of Congress rule is responsible for corruption in India and it is time to "bid goodbye" to the party, BJP leader Narendra Modi said Wednesday. "When Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister he said that for every rupee sent from Delhi, only 15 paisa reached the common man. This was when the Congress ruled the country from panchayats to parliament. Who was responsible for corruption then?" Modi asked at an election rally here. Source: IANS  

BJP empowers one, Congress empowers all, says Priyanka - April 16, 2014 02:16 PM

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of putting power in one person, and said the Congress believes in empowering people. "The opposition party believes in giving all the power to one person or a few people who take all decisions, while the Congress party wants people to become strong. All our schemes are based on it," said Priyanka Gandhi while campaigning for her mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, here. Source: IANS

N.D. Tiwari not to contest from Nainital - April 16, 2014 10:50 AM

Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will not contest from Uttarakhand's Nainital Lok Sabha constituency seat, his close aides said Wednesday. Sources said the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh wanted to contest one last time and had also pleaded with the party leadership to field his son Rohit Shekhar but his pleas were not yielded to. Source: IANS

Sonia, Rahul destroyed the country: Modi - April 16, 2014 10:15 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi have destroyed the country, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Tuesday. "The mother-son duo has destroyed the country," Modi thundered at an election rally in Bihar's Bhagalpur Lok Sabha constituency. Source: IANS

Second phase polling in Jharkhand April 17 - April 15, 2014 03:35 PM

For the second phase Jharkhand poll April 17, the BJP has been toiling to retain its seats, while the Congress and other parties are trying to improve their tallies. The first phase of polling for four seats was held April 10. Six Lok Sabha constituencies - Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Khuti and Chaibasa - go to the polls April 17. Source: IANS

BJP bets on Modi to check Congress in Karnataka - April 15, 2014 02:58 PM

A staggering 46 million voters will elect 28 lawmakers when Karnataka votes Thursday in the sixth phase of the general election and the BJP is betting big on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to do well. The political fortunes of 434 candidates, including 195 independents and 21 women, in 28 parliamentary constituencies, with five reserved for Dalits (SCs) and two for tribals (STs), will be decided. Source: IANS

Modi regrets targeting Manmohan, attacks Rahul - April 15, 2014 02:55 PM

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday regretted attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but targeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Addressing an election rally here, Modi said he regretted attacking Manmohan Singh as Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were to blame for the party's poor governance. Source: IANS

Rahul to hold rallies in UP, Bihar - April 15, 2014 02:52 PM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will Wednesday address two election rallies in Uttar Pradesh and one in Bihar, his office said Tuesday. Gandhi will address his first rally at Kishanganj constituency in Bihar followed by rallies in Unnao and Banda in Uttar Pradesh. Source: IANS

Odisha votes for its final phase of LS, assembly polls Thursday - April 15, 2014 02:35 PM

About 16 million voters will decide the political fate of 98 candidates for the 11 Lok Sabha and 747 aspirants for the 77 assembly seats in the final phase of polling Thursday in Odisha, with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) hoping to romp home for the fourth straight term. Although different regional and national parties have fielded their candidates, the main contest is between the BJD, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) nominees for most of the seats. Source: IANS

Sonia, Rahul, Advani to hit campaign trail in Bengal - April 15, 2014 02:00 PM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and party president Rajnath Singh will hit the campaign trail for the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal. According to a BJP spokesperson, Rajnath Singh will be arriving in the city Wednesday and is scheduled to hold three rallies in Rampurhat in Birbhum district, Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur and Raiganj in North Dinajpur. Source: IANS

Rahul's rallies in Maharashtra, UP - April 15, 2014 10:27 AM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address two election rallies in Maharashtra and one in Uttar Pradesh Tuesday. Gandhi will hold his first rally in Pune followed by one at Hingoli in Maharashtra, a party statement said. He will then head to Uttar Pradesh to speak at Agra. Source: IANS

Congress humiliates Ambedkar, against Dalits: Modi - April 15, 2014 10:13 AM

The Congress has humiliated Bhim Rao Ambedkar, a key architect of India's Constitution, on many occasions, and the party was against Dalits and has done everything to stop the development of people, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Monday. "This government is against Dalits and has done everything to stop the growth and development of people," Modi said at an election meeting at Lakhimpur Kheri, 130 km from Lucknow. Source: IANS

Rahul's brain hasn't matured with age: Modi - April 15, 2014 10:04 AM

Attacking Rahul Gandhi for terming the Gujarat model of development a "toffee model", BJP prime ministerial candidates Narendra Modi Monday said the Congress vice president lacks a mature brain and thinks like a child. "Don't go by his (Gandhi) age, he hasn't matured mentally and that's why kept talking about toffees," Modi said while addressing the second round of 3D rallies to around 100 locations in 15 states. Source: IANS

BJP will ruin 'Bharatiyata', 'Hindustaniyat': Sonia - April 15, 2014 09:50 AM

The BJP will ruin the essence of "Bharatiyata" and "Hindustaniyat", Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Monday, urging people to "chose the right path". In a video message posted on the Congress website, Gandhi said India was at a "crossroads" in this election. "What are these values that are the very heart and soul of our motherland? They are love and respect, harmony and brotherhood. In a word, non-violence," Gandhi said in the message in Hindi, which had a translated English text posted along. Source: IANS

Need to find solution for Ram temple: Naqvi - April 15, 2014 09:45 AM

BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Monday said that a solution needed to be found to the Ram temple issue within the constitutional framework. Interacting with women journalists at India Women's Press Corps (IWPC), Naqvi said also tried to shift responsibility of Babri mosque demolition in 1992 to then ruling Congress central government, saying it was responsible for monitoring the mosque site. Source: IANS

BJD sacrificing commoners for few businessmen: Rahul - April 14, 2014 01:59 PM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday accused Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of benefiting a few industries and sacrificing the interests of the common people. Addressing an election rally in Jagatsinghpur, about 80 km from here, Gandhi said his party is in favour of development and factories and industries but the benefits must not go to selected people. Source: IANS

Gandhis are under siege, says Jaitley - April 14, 2014 12:39 PM

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday attacked the Congress, saying the "Gandhis are under siege" and the party appears to be getting "more and more desperate". Commenting on media reports that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wanted to contest against Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi, Jaitley in his blog Monday wrote that the family charisma has faded away. Source: IANS
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Indian National Congress (INC or Congress) Facts

Election symbol
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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