The Indian National Congress celebrates its 134th foundation day on Friday at the party headquarters.
Congress party President Rahul Gandhi reached the location to celebrate party’s Foundation Day. Congress party traced its foundation to December 28, 1885, when the first Congress session was held in Bombay.
Here are 10 interesting facts about India’s oldest political party;
1. In December 1884, Allan Octavian Hume came up with the idea of forming the Indian National Congress.
3. The Congress party played a pivotal role in the Indian freedom movement. The party eventually ousted the imperial colonisers from India.
4. Even after the Independence, the Congress party has ruled over Indian politics. In the 15 general elections since independence, the Congress has won on six occasions and has led the ruling coalition another four times
5. Five women have been Congress Presidents: Annie Besant, Sarojini Naidu, Nellie Sengupta, Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi
6. Even after the Independence, the Congress party has ruled over Indian politics. The party has led the central government for 49 years.
7. All but two Prime Ministers of India (Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi) have been members of the Congress.
8. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gulzarilal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P. V. Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh were active members of the party during their prime ministerial tenure.
9. Rahul Gandhi is the 49th Congress President and the sixth from his family
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