National Congress Party (NCP)

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) for disputing the right of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the party. At the time of formation, the party also absorbed Indian Congress (Socialist) – which traced its origins to anti-Gandhi Congress of 1977-78.

The NCP advertises itself as a progressive, secular party that stands for “democracy, Gandhian secularism, equity, social justice, and federalism.” It positions itself as a moderate, centrist alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the INC.

In the 2004 Indian General Election, which it fought in alliance in Congress, the party won nine seats. Since 2004, the NCP has been a member of the United Progressive Alliance, which governs the country. The party is also a coalition partner in the state of Maharashtra in alliance with INC.

Pawar says : Modi may have peaked too soon before 2014 elections

In a veiled attack on BJP’s apparent prime ministerial candidate — Narendra Modi, NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that anyone projecting himself as leader too early before the polls is bound to fizzle out even before the...

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Manohar Parrikar all set to become Goa CM

Manohar Parrikar is all set to become chief minister of Goa for the third time after the BJP-MGP combine lapped up 24 seats to rule the 40-member House. Bharatiya Janata Party legislative wing on Wednesday unanimously elected Parrikar as its...

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Congress released its final list for Goa Polls

On Sunday, Congress released its final list of candidates for March 3 Goa Assembly polls. MK Shaikh will be the party nominee for Fatorda seat while Isidore Fernandes will be in the fray from Cancona, Goa state unit general secretary...

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Congress faces difficulty over ticket distribution

The Congress in Goa continued to face trouble in its ranks over distribution of poll tickets for the March 3 Assembly polls with more leaders leaving the party. As the ruling party, which has released names of 29 candidates, struggled...

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Congress in tailspin over dissidence in Goa polls

In a move to placate the large-scale dissidence in the party ahead of March 3 Goa Assembly polls, Congress poll managers are pulling all stops to placate the dissenters who have raised the banner of revolt after being denied tickets. The...

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Congress meet to its finalise nominees today

Goa, where the Congress is in power in alliance with NCP, is going to polls on March 3. A crucial meeting of the Congress to finalise the first list of candidates for Goa Assembly election would be held in...

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Goa Polls: Congress will announce candidates list soon

After tie-up with NCP for poll bound Goa, Congress is likely to announce its candidates for the state in a day or two. The Congress is contesting 33 seats in the 40-member state Assembly while NCP will field its candidates...

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Manipur polls: Former CM takes on Congress candidate

The prestigious Thangmeiband Assembly constituency in Imphal district is all set witness a battle royal between former Chief Minister and NCP candidate Radhabinod Koijam and Jyotin Waikhom of Congress in the January 28 Manipur Assembly elections. Koijam, who is the Manipur...

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Congress polls campaign in Goa without NCP

Goa polls the Congress leaders have began their poll campaign in the state without NCP, even though there is still uncertainty over the party's alliance with the NCP. While aspirants have already submitted their claim for tickets to Goa Pradesh...

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NCP President Sharad Pawar slammed the Narendra Modi government

Union Agriculture Minister and NCP President Sharad Pawar  slammed the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat for the killing of Md. Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and a student Ishrat Jahan and said that these fake encounter cases proved the 'communal'...

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