18 Facts About The Indian National Congress

1. The Indian National Congress stood firm on its fundamental promises and delivered a Constitution that abolished untouchability and discrimination based on caste, religion or gender.

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2. The Indian National Congress lost its dominant position for the first time in ninety years with its defeat in the 1977 elections, held after the unpopular Emergency Rule Mrs Gandhi had imposed in 1975.

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3. In 2005, The Indian National Congress-led government started the National Rural Health Mission, which employed about 500,000 community health workers.

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4. The Indian National Congress believed that the establishment of basic and heavy industry was fundamental to the development and modernisation of the Indian economy.

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5. The Indian National Congress was structured in a hierarchical manner by Mohandas Gandhi's when he took charge as the president of the party in 1921.

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6. The Indian National Congress's was succeeded by her son Rahul Gandhi.

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7. The Indian National Congress-led United Progressive Alliance won 222 seats in the new parliament, defeating the NDA by a substantial margin.

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8. The Indian National Congress was succeeded as president by Sitaram Kesri, the party's first non-Brahmin leader.

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9. The Indian National Congress employed Manmohan Singh as his finance minister to begin a historic economic change.

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10. The Indian National Congress is often called the "father of Indian economic reforms".

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11. The Indian National Congress's moved to restore order by ordering the arrest of most of the opposition participating in the unrest.

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12. The Indian National Congress promoted the White Revolution—a national campaign to increase the production and supply of milk by creating the National Dairy Development Board.

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13. The Indian National Congress believed the establishment of basic and heavy industries was fundamental to the development and modernisation of the Indian economy.

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14. The Indian National Congress formed an alliance with the Khilafat Movement in 1920 to fight for preservation of the Ottoman Caliphate, and rights for Indians using civil disobedience or satyagraha as the tool for agitation.

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15. The Indian National Congress was transformed into a mass movement by Surendranath Banerjee during the partition of Bengal in 1905, and the resultant Swadeshi movement.

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16. At the beginning of the 20th century, The Indian National Congress' demands became more radical in the face of constant opposition from the British government, and the party decided to advocate in favour of the independence movement because it would allow a new political system in which Congress could be a major party.

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17. The Indian National Congress is a secular party whose social democratic platform is generally considered to be on the centre-left of Indian politics.

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18. The Indian National Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-colonial nationalist movements in the British Empire.

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