The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is a centrist nationalist political party in India. Its youth wing is the Nationalist Youth Congress.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.The NCP was formally established in June 1999 in New Delhi by three former members of the Indian National Congress (Congress Party)—Sharad Pawar, Purno Sangma, and Tariq Anwar—after they had been expelled from that party for demanding that only a person born in India should be allowed to become the country’s president, vice president, or prime minister. 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 June 20, 2012, P A Sangma quit from NCP to contest in presidential polls.
The NCP had its greatest electoral success in Maharashtra state. In the first election it contested there, for the state legislative assembly in 1999, it came in third, with 58 seats won out of 223 seats contested. It then allied itself with the Congress Party (which won 75 seats) to form a coalition government in the state. Earlier in the day, a meeting of Nationalist Congress Party legislators was called. A resolution was passed requesting Ajit Pawar to withdraw his resignation. Speaking to reporters, NCP state president of Maharashtra Madhukar Pichard said the meeting was attended by all its 61 MLAs, nine independents supporting NCP and about six MLCs.Taking a step back from the hurly-burly of politics, Pawar said there was a need for young blood to take over the NCP. He has worked it out systematically.
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.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.NCP was declared as a National Party by the Election Commission of India. NCP made history, because in such short span of time it has gained the status of National Party.The NCP’s performance in states other than Maharashtra and at the national level was much lower. In elections for the Goa state legislative assembly in 2007, the NCP captured three seats, but it won no seats in the state’s 2012 assembly elections.
Tariq Anwar, is a Member of the Parliament, and the present Minister of State for Agriculture. He is also the Founder President of ‘Jan Astha’ and ‘All India Quami Tanzeem’.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.
Official Website of NCP- http://www.ncp.org.in/
Head-Office Address of NCP- 10, Dr. Bishambhar Das Marg, New Delhi- 110001
Contact Numbers- PHONE: 011- 23314414, 23359218, 23752938
FAX : +91 11 23352112
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