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    Interesting Facts About Congress Presidents

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    Rahul Gandhi took over the Presidency of Congress Party (Indian National Congress) from his mother Sonia Gandhi after 19 years of her reign. He was the only contestant for the post in the election, hence won unopposed.

    After Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi, he became the sixth member to become the president of Congress from the Nehru family.

    The Congress party is the oldest ruling party of free India. The party has led the central government for 49 years.

    Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee also known as Umesh Chandra Banerjee was elected as the first president of the first session of the Congress that included 72 other delegates from various provinces and princely states in Mumbai.

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    George Yule was first non-Indian President, Badruddin Tyabji was first Muslim President and Annie Basent was first woman President of Indian National Congress.

    Rash Bihari Ghosh was the president of Congress, when Indian National Congress Split into two groups – The extremists and The moderates.

    In the 15 general elections since independence, the Congress has won on six occasions and has led the ruling coalition another four times.

    JB Kripalani was the President of Indian National Congress when India won its freedom.

    Pattabhi Sitaramayya was the first Congress President to be elected in Independent India.

    It is interesting to note that Thirteen Indian Prime Ministers were members of Congress party at some point of time.

    Seven (Jawaharlal Nehru, Gulzarilal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh) were active members at the time of their prime ministerial tenure. And Six (Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, V P Singh, Chandra Sekhar, H D Deve Gowda, I K Gujral) had been members of the Congress before their appointment.

    List of Presidents of Indian National Congress

    1. Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee – 1885
    2. Dadabhai Naoroji – 1886
    3. Badruddin Tyabji – 1887
    4. George Yule – 1888
    5. William Wedderburn – 1889
    6. Pherozeshah Mehta – 1890
    7. Anandacharlu – 1891
    8. Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee – 1892
    9. Dadabhai Naoroji – 1893
    10. Alfred Webb – 1894
    11. Surendranath Banerjee – 1895
    12. Rahimtulla M. Sayani – 1896
    13. C. Sankaran Nair – 1897
    14. Anandamohan Bose – 1898
    15. Romesh Chunder Dutt – 1899
    16. N. G. Chandavarkar – 1900
    17. Dinshaw Edulji Wacha – 1901
    18. Surendranath Banerjee – 1902
    19. Lalmohan Ghosh – 1903
    20. Henry Cotton – 1904
    21. Gopal Krishna Gokhale – 1905
    22. Dadabhai Naoroji – 1906
    23. Rashbihari Ghosh – 1907-08
    24. Madan Mohan Malaviya – 1909
    25. William Wedderburn – 1910
    26. Bishan Narayan Dar – 1911
    27. Raghunath Narasinha Mudholkar – 1912
    28. Nawab Syed Muhammad Bahadur – 1913
    29. Bhupendra Nath Bose – 1914
    30. Lord Satyendra Prasanna Sinha – 1915
    31. Ambica Charan Mazumdar – 1916
    32. Annie Besant – 1917
    33. Madan Mohan Malaviya – 1918
    34. Syed Hasan Imam – 1918
    35. Motilal Nehru – 1919
    36. Lala Lajpat Rai – 1920
    37. C. Vijayaraghavachariar – 1920
    38. Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das – 1921-22
    39. Mohammad Ali Jouhar – 1923
    40. Abul Kalam Azad – 1923
    41. Mohandas Gandhi – 1924
    42. Sarojini Naidu – 1925
    43. S. Srinivasa Iyengar – 1926
    44. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari – 1927
    45. Motilal Nehru – 1928
    46. Jawaharlal Nehru – 1929-30
    47. Vallabhbhai Patel – 1931
    48. Madan Mohan Malaviya – 1932
    49. Nellie Sengupta – 1933
    50. Rajendra Prasad – 1934-35
    51. Jawaharlal Nehru – 1936-37
    52. Subhas Chandra Bose – 1938
    53. Rajendra Prasad replaced Bose after he resigned in 1939
    54. Abul Kalam Azad – 1940–46
    55. J. B. Kripalani – 1947
    56. Pattabhi Sitaraimayya – 1948-49
    57. Purushottam Das Tandon – 1950
    58. Jawaharlal Nehru – 1951-54
    59. U. N. Dhebar – 1955-59
    60. Indira Gandhi – 1959
    61. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy – 1960-63
    62. K. Kamaraj – 1964-67
    63. S. Nijalingappa – 1968-69
    64. Jagjivan Ram – 1970-71
    65. Shankar Dayal Sharma – 1972–74
    66. Devakanta Barua – 1975–77
    67. Indira Gandhi – 1978–84
    68. Rajiv Gandhi – 1985–91
    69. P. V. Narasimha Rao – 1992–96
    70. Sitaram Kesri – 1996–98
    71. Sonia Gandhi – 1998–2017
    72. Rahul Gandhi – 2017–Present
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