Nationalist Congress Party

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Nationalist Congress Party
राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस पार्टी
Abbreviation NCP
President Sharad Pawar
Founder Sharad Pawar,
P. A. Sangma,
Tariq Anwar
Founded 25 May 1999 (17 years ago) (1999-05-25)
Split from Indian National Congress
Headquarters 10, Bishmabhar Marg, New Delhi, India-110001
Student wing Nationalist Student Congress
Youth wing

Nationalist Youth Congress

Nationalist Yuvati Congress
Women's wing Nationalist Mahila Congress
Ideology Indian nationalism
Civic nationalism
Progressivism[citation needed]
Conservatism[citation needed]
Political position Centre
Colours Pacific Blue
ECI Status National Party[1]
Alliance United Progressive Alliance
National convener Sharad Pawar
Seats in Lok Sabha
6 / 545
[2]
Seats in Rajya Sabha
5 / 245
[3]
Election symbol
NCP party symbol
Website
ncp.org.in

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is a centrist nationalist political party in India. Its youth wing is the Nationalist Youth Congress.

Background

The NCP was formed on 25 May 1999, by Sharad Pawar, P. A. Sangma, and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled from the Indian National Congress (INC) on 20 May 1999, for disputing the right of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.[5] At the time of formation, the party also absorbed Indian Congress (Socialist), which traced its origins to anti-coalition partner in the state of Maharashtra in alliance with INC. On 20 June 2012, P. A. Sangma quit the NCP to contest in presidential polls.[6]

Party symbol

The Election Symbol of NCP is an analogue clock that reads 10:10. The clock is drawn in blue and has two legs and an alarm button. It is situated on a tri-coloured Indian flag. This symbol used by the NCP is prominent and denotes that the NCP will keep fighting for its principles throughout, no matter how difficult the situation.

Ideology and Policies

The NCP stands for upholding the democratic secular society along with equality, social justice and unity in the nation. It believes that the integrity of India can be achieved by strengthening federalism and decentralizing power up to the village level. It believed in empowering the weaker sections of the society, especially the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the OBCs. NCP is a strong proponent of the universal disarmament policies, which alone can bring in peace in the country. NCP believes that economic growth in the country can be achieved only through competition, self-reliance, individual initiatives which cater to the demands of social justice and non-discrimination. It believes in eradicating unemployment, starvation, communalism, exploitation from the society.

Presence in Various States

Though primarily based in the state of Maharashtra, the NCP has gradually gained prominence in states such as Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. It is even present in the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a National Party.

See also

References

  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/Members/Partydetail_n.aspx?party_code=86&state_code=India
  3. ^ http://164.100.47.5/Newmembers/partymemberlist.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/maharashtra-elections-2014
  5. ^ "Sangma meets Sonia Gandhi, first time in a decade". The Times of India, 2 June 2009.
  6. ^ "I have quit NCP, will contest presidential polls: PA Sangma". 29 June 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
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