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.

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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