Indian National Congress - INC Timeline
  • 160 Dec 18, 2005

    Forests Right Act enacted

    The Forest Rights Act 2006 was passed on December 18, 2006. The legislation redressed the historical injustice against forest dwellers giving them greater control over their resources and life.

  • 158 May 22, 2004

    Dr Manmohan Singh becomes PM

    Dr Manmohan Singh took the oath as the Prime Minister of India on 22 May 2004. Dr Singh, had served as the Finance Minister under Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and is credited with starting the liberalisation process in the country.

  • 156 May 13, 2004

    Congress leads UPA to victory

    Congress, under Smt Sonia Gandhi, leads United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to victory in Election defeating the BJP led NDA. Soniaji was elected the head of the Paliamentary Party and was asked to head the UPA government as the Prime Minister.

  • 153 May 25, 1999

    Renewed Resolve

    The Special Session took place in strained circumstances. Upset at the attacks by a few party leaders, Sonia ji had tendered her resignation. However, the the outpouring of support from all levels of the party compelled her to reconsider. During her address, she said: '€œI stand before you today as a proud Congressperson, doubly resolved to lead the fight for our beloved country. No longer shall we tolerate the negative forces that seek to target the dignity of a woman through calumny and falsehood."

  • 150 Apr 04, 1998

    New Delhi Session, 1998

    During her presidential address, Sonia ji termed the need to revive the Congress as '€œa national imperative'€ rather than a mere partisan requirement. '€œI see it as my primary task as Congress President to restore to the Congress the vision of the Congress centenary'€”Power to the People through the panchayats; and Power to the Congress worker through democracy within the Party..'€ she said.

  • 148 Dec 29, 1997

    Sonia ji Campaigns for Congress

    In the run up to the General Elections, Congress appeared demoralised and leaders were threatening to leave the party. Psephologists predicted disaster. Many Congress leaders persuaded Smt Sonia Gandhi to campaign for the party to revive its sagging fortunes.

  • 146 Jan 12, 1996

    Congress Loses General Elections

    The Congress lost the 1996 general elections with its tally dropping to 140. P.V. Narasimha Rao resigned from the presidentship of the party. Sitaram Kesri was elected as the new Congress president. To keep the communal forces at bay, the party decided to provide outside support to the United Front government, under the leadership of H.D. Deve Gowda and later Inder Kumar Gujral.

  • 159 Oct 25, 2005

    NREGA Enacted

    National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) became an Act on August 25, 2005. The Act provides for 100 days of guaranteed employment for every Indian who seeks work. The UPA Government has allocated close to Rs 2 lakh crore to the scheme. The Scheme was renamed as MNREGA on Oct 2, 2009 in the memory of Mahatama Gandhi.

  • 157 May 18, 2004

    Smt Sonia Gandhi Renounces PM Post

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi renounced the Prime Ministers post saying, "I was always certain that if ever I found myself in the position that I am in today, I would follow my own inner voice. Today, that voice tells me I must humbly decline this post. You have unanimously elected me your leader, in doing so, you have reposed your faith in me. It is this faith that has placed me under tremendous pressure to reconsider my decision. Yet, I must abide by the principles, which have guided me all along".

  • 154 Feb 27, 2002

    Gujarat Riots

    Riots broke out in Gujarat after a mob set fire to bogey S-6 of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra station. Over a 1000 people, most of them Muslims are estimated to have been killed in the ghastly violence that ensued. Numerous reports have exposed the role played by the state officials in the riots and the failure of the state machinery in protecting the people. The riots showed the true face of the BJP.

  • 151 Sep 04, 1998

    Brainstorming Session at Pachmarhi

    Smt Sonia Gandhi held a "brainstorming"session or Chintan Shivir at Pachmarhi. One of the most significant developments at Pachmarhi was that the party drafted a 14 point plan for Panchayati Raj and an 8-point plan for agriculture. The party committed itself to tackle communal forces, especially in the context of the rising political fortunes of the BJP.

  • Sonia full Mar 14, 1998

    Smt Sonia Gandhi takes over as Congress President

    Smt Sonia Gandhi persuaded to take over as Congress President to start the revival of the party

  • 147 Aug 09, 1997

    Smt Sonia Gandhi takes Primary Membership of the Party

    Smt Sonia Gandhi took the primary membership of the party at the Calcutta Session in 1997. In her address, she said "Our ideology of nationalism, secularism, democracy and socialism is the only relevant ideology for our goal country. "