Nationalist Congress Party

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Nationalist Congress Party
Abbreviation NCP
President Sharad Pawar
Founder Sharad Pawar
P. A. Sangma
Tariq Anwar
Founded 25 May 1999 (18 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
Social Justice
Social Equality
Socialism
Secularism[1]
Political position Centre-left
Colours Pacific Blue
ECI Status National Party[2]
Alliance Left Democratic Front
National convener Sharad Pawar
Seats in Lok Sabha
6 / 545
[3]
Seats in Rajya Sabha
5 / 245
[4]
Election symbol
Nationalist Congress Party Election Symbol.png
Website
ncp.org.in

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

History[edit]

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.[6] At the time of formation of the NCP, the Indian Congress (Socialist) party merged with the new party [7]. Despite the NCP being founded on opposition to the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, it has formed coalitions with the Congress party to form a government on numerous occasions at the state level as well at the federaL level. On 20 June 2012, P. A. Sangma quit the NCP to contest in presidential polls.[8]

Party symbol[edit]

The Election Symbol of NCP is an analogue clock that reads 10:10.[9] The clock is drawn in blue and has two legs and an alarm button. It is situated on a tri-coloured Indian flag[10]

Ideology[edit]

According to its website, the NCP is committed to ideals of social justice, expressing support for affirmative action policies for the downtrodden members of society and for ensuring equal opportunities for all. The NCP also believes in the principle of secularism, which they define as "fraternity amongst followers of different faiths." They believe in a decentralised government structure and in upholding a society without discrimination or prejudice. However, its self-proclaimed "cardinal principle" is to "strengthen India as a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic" as well as securing "justice, liberty, equality and fraternity" among Indian citizens.

Presence in Various States[edit]

Though primarily based in the state of Maharashtra, the NCP has gradually gained prominence in states such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

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