|Lok Sabha leader||Tariq Anwar|
|Rajya Sabha leader||Sharad Pawar|
P. A. Sangma
|Founded||25 May 1999|
(18 years ago)
|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|
Rasthravadi Yuvati Congress
|Women's wing||Nationalist Mahila Congress|
|ECI Status||National Party|
Alliance in Central and
Maharashtra Left Democratic
Front in Kerala
|National convener||Sharad Pawar|
|Seats in Lok Sabha||6 / 545|
(currently 539 members + 1 Speaker
|Seats in Rajya Sabha||5 / 245|
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is a National level political party in India.
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.At the time of formation of the NCP, the Indian Congress (Socialist) party merged with the new party.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.
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.
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.
Though primarily based in the state of Maharashtra, the NCP has gradually gained prominence in states such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.