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The Indian National Congress( INC ) is an ideological group in India with inescapable roots.Founded in 1885, it was the primary current patriot development to arise in the British Empire in Asia and Africa.From the late nineteenth century, and particularly after 1920, under the initiative of Mahatma Gandhi, Congress turned into the chief head of the Indian autonomy movement.Congress drove India to freedom from Great Britain, and intensely impacted other enemy of pioneer patriot developments in the British Empire.


The Indian National Congress directed its first meeting in Bombay from 28–31 December 1885 at the activity of resigned Civil Service official Allan Octavian Hume. In 1883, Hume had sketched out his thought for a body speaking to Indian interests in an open letter to alumni of the University of Calcutta. Its point was to acquire a more prominent offer in government for instructed Indians, and to make a stage for urban and political discourse among them and the British Raj. Hume stepped up to the plate, and in March 1885 a notification assembling the primary gathering of the Indian National Union to be held in Poona the next December was issued.Due to a cholera flare-up there, it was moved to Bombay.

A. O. Hume, one of the organizers of the Indian National Congress Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee, The First leader of Indian National Congress

Hume coordinated the principal meeting in Bombay with the endorsement of the Viceroy Lord Dufferin. Umesh Chandra Banerjee was the main leader of Congress; the primary meeting was gone to by 72 agents, speaking to every territory of India.Notable delegates included Scottish ICS official William Wedderburn, Dadabhai Naoroji, Pherozeshah Mehta of the Bombay Presidency Association, Ganesh Vasudeo Joshi of the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, social reformer and paper proofreader Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Justice K. T. Telang, N. G. Chandavarkar, Dinshaw Wacha, Behramji Malabari, columnist and lobbyist Gooty Kesava Pillai, and P. Rangaiah Naidu of the Madras Mahajana Sabha.This little tip top gathering, unrepresentative of the Indian masses at the time,functioned more as a phase for world class Indian desire than an ideological group for the main decade of its reality.

Prior to Independency

The ascent of Gandhis ubiquity and his satyagraha craft of insurgency prompted uphold from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Khan Mohammad Abbas Khan, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Chakravarti Rajgopalachari, Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Jayaprakash Narayan, Jivatram Kripalani, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Because of winning patriotism, Gandhis ubiquity, and the gatherings efforts to destroy station contrasts, distance, destitution, and strict and ethnic divisions, Congress turned into a strong and predominant gathering. In spite of the fact that its individuals were dominatingly Hindu, it had individuals from different religions, financial classes, and ethnic and phonetic gatherings.

At the Congress 1929 Lahore meeting under the administration of Jawaharlal Nehru, Purna Swaraj (complete freedom) was proclaimed as the gatherings objective, pronouncing 26 January 1930 as "Purna Swaraj Diwas" (Independence Day). The very year, Srinivas Iyenger was ousted from the gathering for requesting full autonomy, not simply home principle as requested by Gandhi.

Otherwise called Netaji, originator of Azad Hind power Subhas Chandra Bose filled in as leader of the Congress during 1938–39.

After the section of the Government of India Act 1935, common decisions were held in India in the colder time of year of 1936–37 of every eleven territories: Madras, Central Provinces, Bihar, Orissa, United Provinces, Bombay Presidency, Assam, NWFP, Bengal, Punjab, and Sindh. The end-product of the races were announced in february 1937.The Indian National Congress acquired force in eight of them - the three exemptions being Bengal, Punjab, and Sindh.The All-India Muslim League neglected to frame an administration in any province.Congress services surrendered in October and November 1939 in dissent against Viceroy Lord Linlithgows presentation that India was an antagonistic in the Second World War without speaking with the Indian public.

In 1939, Subhas Chandra Bose, the chosen president in both 1938 and 1939, left Congress over the determination of the working board. The gathering was not the sole agent of the Indian country, different gatherings incorporated the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, and the All India Forward Bloc.

The party was an umbrella association, protecting revolutionary communists, conservatives, and Hindu and Muslim moderates. Gandhi removed all the communist groupings, including the Congress Socialist Party, the Krishak Praja Party, and the Swarajya Party, alongside Subhas Chandra Bose, in 1939. Azad Hind, an Indian temporary government, had been set up in Singapore in 1943, and was upheld by Japan.

Recognised as a real state by just few nations restricted exclusively to Axis powers and their partners, Azad Hind had discretionary relations with nine nations: Nazi Germany, the Empire of Japan, Italian Social Republic, Independent State of Croatia and Wang Jingwei Government, Thailand, the State of Burma, Manchukuo and the Second Philippine Republic.Azad, Patel and Gandhi at an AICC meeting in Bombay, 1940

In 1946, the British attempted the Indian fighters who had battled close by the Japanese during World War II in the INA preliminaries. Accordingly, Congress helped structure the INA Defense Committee, which gathered a legitimate group to protect the instance of the troopers of the Azad Hind government. The group incorporated a few celebrated legal advisors, including Bhulabhai Desai, Asaf Ali, and Jawaharlal Nehru. The very year, Congress individuals at first upheld the mariners who drove the Royal Indian Navy rebellion, yet they pulled out help at a basic crossroads and the revolt fizzled.

 After Indian independence

In 1947, the Indian National Congress became the dominant party within the country. In 1952, within the first election held after Independence, the party swept to power within the national parliament and most state legislatures. It held power nationally until 1977, when it had been defeated by the Janata coalition. It returned to power in 1980 and ruled until 1989, when it had been once more defeated. The party formed the govt in 1991 at the top of a coalition, also as in 2004 and 2009, when it led the United Progressive Alliance. During this era the Congress remained centre-left in its social policies while steadily shifting from a socialist to a neoliberal economic outlook.

The Partys rivals at state level are national parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), and various regional parties, like the Telugu Desam Party, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.A post-partition successor to the party survived because the Pakistan National Congress, a celebration which represented the rights of spiritual minorities within the state. The partys support was strongest within the Bengali-speaking province of Bangladesh . After the Bangladeshi War of Independence, it became referred to as the Bangladeshi National Congress, but was dissolved in 1975 by the govt .

From 1951 until his death in 1964, Jawaharlal Nehru dominated the Congress Party, which won overwhelming victories within the elections of 1951–52, 1957, and 1962. The party united in 1964 to elect Lal Bahadur Shastri and in 1966 Indira Gandhi (Nehru’s daughter) to the posts of party leader and thus prime minister. In 1967, however, Indira Gandhi faced open revolt within the party, and in 1969 she was expelled from the party by a gaggle called the “Syndicate.” Nevertheless, her New Congress Party scored a landslide victory within the 1971 elections, and for a period it had been unclear which party was truth rightful heir of the Indian National Congress label.In the mid-1970s the New Congress Party’s popular support began to fracture.

From 1975 Gandhi’s government grew increasingly more authoritarian, and unrest among the opposition grew. within the parliamentary elections held in March 1977, the opposition Janata (People’s) Party scored a landslide victory over the Congress Party, winning 295 seats within the Lok Sabha (the lower chamber of India’s parliament) against 153 for the Congress; Indira Gandhi herself lost to her Janata opponent. On January 2, 1978, she and her followers seceded and formed a replacement opposition party, popularly called Congress (I)—the “I” signifying Indira. Over subsequent year, her new party attracted enough members of the legislature to become the official opposition, and in 1981 the national committee declared it the “real” Indian National Congress. In 1996 the “I” designation was dropped.

Rajiv Gandhi

In November 1979 Gandhi regained a parliamentary seat, and therefore the following year she was again elected prime minister. In 1982 her son Rajiv Gandhi became front man of the party, and, upon her assassination in October 1984, he became prime minister. In December he led the Congress Party to an awesome victory during which it secured 401 seats within the legislature.Although the Congress Party remained the most important party in parliament in 1989, Rajiv Gandhi was unseated as prime minister by a coalition of opposition parties. While campaigning to regain power in May 1991, he was assassinated by a terrorist related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam , a separatist group in Sri Lanka . He was succeeded as party leader by P.V. Narasimha Rao, who was elected prime minister in June 1991.The congress party different Era 

In contrast to the party’s historical socialist policies,  P.V. Narasimha Rao embraced economic liberalization. By 1996 the party’s image was affected by various reports of corruption, and in elections that year the Congress Party was reduced to 140 seats, its lowest number within the Lok Sabha thereto point, becoming parliament’s second largest party. Rao subsequently resigned as prime minister and, in September, as party president. He was succeeded as president by Sitaram Kesri, the party’s first non-Brahman leader.

The Northern Alliance (UF) government—a coalition of 13 parties—came to power in 1996 as a minority government with the support of the Congress Party. However, because the largest single party con in parliament after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP; Indian People’s Party), the Congress Party was vital in both making and defeating the UF. In November 1997 the Congress Party withdrew its support from the UF, prompting elections in February 1998. to spice up its popularity among the masses and improve the party’s performance within the forthcoming elections, the Congress Party leaders urged. 

Sonia Gandhi—wife of Rajiv Gandhi—to assume the leadership of the party. She had previously declined overtures to play a lively role in party affairs, but at that point she agreed to campaign. Although a BJP-led coalition government came to power, the Congress Party and its partners were ready to deny the BJP an majority within the Lok Sabha. The party’s better-than-expected performance within the national elections was attributed by many observers to Sonia Gandhi’s charisma and vigorous campaigning.

After the 1998 elections, Kesri resigned as party president, and Sonia Gandhi assumed the leadership of the party.National parliamentary elections were again held in 1999, when one among the BJP’s major allies, the All India Dravidian Progressive Federation (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam; AIADMK) party, withdrew its support. Despite aggressive campaigning by its leaders, the Congress Party suffered a worse electoral performance than it had in 1996 and 1998, winning only 114 seats. Nevertheless, within the 2004 national elections the party scored a surprising victory and returned to power.

Manmohan Singh

Sonia Gandhi, however, declined a call for participation to become prime minister and instead supported Manmohan Singh, a former minister of finance , who in May 2004 became the country’s first Sikh prime minister. The party again surprised pundits within the 2009 parliamentary elections by increasing its number of seats within the Lok Sabha from 153 to 206, its best showing since 1991.By the 2014 Lok Sabha polling, however, the party had lost much of its popular support, mainly due to several years of poor economic conditions within the country and growing discontent over a series of corruption scandals involving officialdom .

The party touted its record at passing legislation aimed toward improving the lot of these living in poverty and rural areas, and it fielded Sonia’s son, Rahul Gandhi, to be its candidate for prime minister. However, the BJP and its leading candidate, Narendra Modi, successfully won over the electorate. The results of the elections, announced in mid-May, were an awesome electoral victory for the BJP while the Congress Party suffered a shocking loss, securing only 44 seats within the chamber (in 2015 the party won a by-election in Madhya Pradesh, increasing its seat total to 45). it had been the party’s worst-ever performance during a national election.

One consequence of its poor performance was that it had been unable to assume the position of the official opposition party, since it did not garner the minimum 55 seats (10 percent of the chamber’s total) required for that role. Singh left office on May 26, the day Modi was sworn in as prime minister.Sonia Gandhi stepped down from leadership in late 2017, and her son Rahul became president of the Congress Party. He faced variety of criticisms, including that he, because the fourth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, was elitist and lacklustre. Within his party he was criticized for his outward display of devotion to Shiva, interpreted as an effort to tap into the BJP’s appeal to Hindu populism.

Some observers, however, believed that Gandhi’s display of Hindu devotion and his efforts to unite rival factions within the party helped the Congress Party outperform the BJP within the 2018 state elections held within the Hindu strongholds of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh. Still, the Congress Party performed only marginally better within the 2019 elections for the Lok Sabha than it did in 2014, prompting Rahul to step down. Sonia was selected to steer the party until a successor might be found.