Nationalist Congress Party

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Nationalist Congress Party
Leader Sharad Pawar
President Sharad Pawar
General Secretary Sunil Tatkare
Spokesperson Nawab Malik
Parliamentary Chairperson Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel
Lok Sabha  Leader Supriya Sule
Rajya Sabha  Leader Sharad Pawar
Founded10 June 1999(23 years ago) (1999-06-10)
Split from Indian National Congress
Headquarters10, Bishmabhar Marg, New Delhi, India-110001
Student wing Nationalist Student Congress
Youth wing Nationalist Youth Congress
Nationalist Yuvati Congress
Women's wing Nationalist Women's Congress
Ideology Gandhism [1]
Secularism [2]
Liberalism (Indian) [2]
Socialism (Indian) [3]
Marathi nationalism [4] [5]
Political position Centre [6]
Colours  Pacific Blue
ECI Status State Party [7]
Seats in  Lok Sabha
5 / 543
Seats in  Rajya Sabha
4 / 245
Seats in  State Legislative Assemblies
Indian states
52 / 288
(Maharashtra) [10]
2 / 140
1 / 81
7 / 60
Seats in  Maharashtra Legislative Council
11 / 78
Number of states and union territories in government
3 / 31
Election symbol
Clock symbol of NCP.png
Party flag

The Nationalist Congress Party (abbr.NCP) is one of the state parties in India. [11] [12] The party generally supports Indian nationalism and Gandhian secularism. [1] It is the largest opposition party in Maharashtra [13] and third largest party in Nagaland. [14] It is also a significant party in other states.


Party formation and performance

The NCP was formed on 10 June 1999, by Sharad Pawar, P. A. Sangma, and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled from the Indian National Congress on 20 May 1999, for disputing the right of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the party. [15] [16] [17] When the NCP formed, the Indian Congress (Socialist) – Sarat Chandra Sinha party merged into the new party. [18]

Despite the NCP being founded on opposition to the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the party joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to form the government of Maharashtra in October 1999. In 2004, the party joined the UPA to form the national government led by Manmohan Singh. The NCP's leader, Sharad Pawar served as the Minister of Agriculture for both five-year terms of the Singh-led government. The party remained part of the Congress-led Maharashtra state government until 2014. [19] On 20 June 2012, P. A. Sangma left the NCP to contest the presidential election, which he lost. [20] In the April and May 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the UPA lost to the rival National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Narendra Modi and the NCP was out of government for the first time in ten years. The NCP broke its alliance with the Congress Party just before the October 2014 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections to contest them on its own. [21] In the assembly election the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the largest party and formed a minority government, initially with support from the NCP.

In April 2019, voting took place for the 48 Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra. The Congress and NCP had a seat-sharing arrangement. [22] Similarly, despite their differences, the BJP and Shiv Sena once again contested the elections together under the NDA banner. [23] [24] The election was another landslide victory for the NDA, with the BJP and Shiv Sena winning 23 and 18 seats, respectively, out of the total of the state's 48 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress Party won only one seat in the state whereas the NCP won five seats from its stronghold of western Maharashtra. [25]

During the October 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP–Shiv-Sena and NCP–Congress alliances remained intact for seat sharing. The BJP and Shiv Sena together gained the majority of seats in the assembly but could not form a government due to disagreements between the two parties. The BJP, with 105 seats, was far short of the 145 seats required to form a majority and declined to form a minority government. As a result, Shiv Sena started talks with the NCP and Congress to form a government. However, in a controversial move, on 23 November 2019, the BJP formed a government with support from the NCP, with Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister. This government collapsed three days later with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pawar resigning their respective positions. Finally, the NCP came back into power at the state level as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition formed with Shiv Sena and the Congress. On 28 November 2019, the governor of Maharashtra swore in Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray's cabinet included ministers from the NCP in key portfolios. [26] [27]

However this alliance lost power in June 2022 after a rebel faction led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde gathered the support of a majority of Sena MLAs and reestablished the previous Sena-BJP coalition. [28] Subsequently, on 20 July, NCP President Sharad Pawar dissolved almost all units of the party. [29]


The Mumbai President of the NCP Nawab Malik said that the party advocates for Indian reunification, the proposal that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh become one country. Malik compared this to German reunification: "If the Berlin wall can be demolished then why not India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh come together?" [30]

Party symbol

The election symbol of NCP is an analogue alarm clock. [31] [32] The clock is drawn in blue and has two legs and an alarm button. It is situated on a tri-coloured Indian flag. [33]

Party leadership

The party's primary base is the state of Maharashtra and its leadership reflects that. Since the 1980s, Indian politics has become more dynastic, possibly due to the absence of a party organization, independent civil society associations that mobilize support for the party, and centralized financing of elections. [34] This phenomenon is seen from the national level down to the district level. In that regard, the NCP is considered the party with the highest level of dynasticism in Indian politics. [35] The party founder, Sharad Pawar has many members of his family such as his daughter Supriya Sule and nephew Ajit Pawar holding prominent positions in the party.

SI No.NameDesignation
1 Sharad Pawar 1.) Founder and National President.
2.) Former Union Minister of Defence, Government of India.
3.) Former Union Minister of Agriculture, Government of India.
4.) Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
5.) Former Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha
2 Jayant Patil 1.) Maharashtra State President.
2.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
3.) Former cabinet minister of the government of Maharashtra for Home, Finance and Rural Development.
4.) Former Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra for Water resources and command area development.
5.) Leader of NCP Legislative Party in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
3 Ajit Pawar 1.) Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Minister of Finance and Planning.
2.) Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
3.) Former Water resources minister of Government of Maharashtra.
4.) Former Leader of house in Maharashtra Legislative Council.
4 Rajesh Tope 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Former Higher Education Minister.
3.) Health Minister Of Maharashtra Government.
5 Dhananjay Munde 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Former Opposition Leader in Maharashtra Legislative Council.
3.) Cabinet Minister Of Maharashtra Government.
6 Supriya Sule Member of the Lok Sabha from Baramati.
7 Jitendra Awhad 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra.
7. Chhagan Bhujbal 1.) Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
2.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
3.) Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra Government.
8 Sunil Tatkare Member of the Lok Sabha from Raigad.
9 Amol Kolhe Member of the Lok Sabha from Shirur.
10 Dattatray Vithoba Bharne 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly..
2.) Guardian minister of Solapur District.
3.) Ministers of State of Maharashtra Government.
11 Mohammed Faizal P. P. Member of the Lok Sabha from Lakshadweep.
12 Praful Patel 1.) Member of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
2.) Former Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India.
13 Nawab Malik 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) National Spokesperson.
3.) Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra.
14 R.R. Patil Former Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Maharashtra.
15 Dilip Walse-Patil 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra.
16 Fouzia Khan 1.) National President of NCP's women's wing.
2.) Former Minister, Government of Maharashtra.
3.) Member of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha
17 Thomas Chandy Former Transport Minister
Government of Kerala
18 D. P. Tripathi Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
19 Reshma Patel General Secretary of Gujarat state Nationalist Congress Party.
20Dheeraj SharmaNational President of the National Student and Congress.
21 Anil Deshmukh 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Former Minister for Home Affairs
Government of Maharashtra
22 Babajani Durani Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council.
23 Hasan Mushrif 1.) Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
2.) Minister of Rural Development
Government of Maharashtra
24 Shriniwas Patil 1.) Former Governor of Sikkim.
2.) Member of the Lok Sabha from Satara.
25 P. C. Chacko 1.) Former Member of the Lok Sabha from Thrissur (Lok Sabha constituency).
26 Hari R 1.) Karnataka State President (Nationalist Congress Party).
27 Brij Mohan Shrivastav 1.) National Spokesperson, National Secretary (Nationalist Congress Party).

National Executive

National Office Branch

Sr No.NameParty PostOther Designation
01 Sharad Pawar National President
02 Praful Patel National Vice President
03 Sunil Tatkare National General Secretary

By Raigad Lok Sabha constituency

04 Yoganand Shastri National General Secretary
05K K SharmaNational General SecretaryNA
06 Mohammed Faizal P. P National General Secretary

by Lakshadweep Lok Sabha constituency

07Narendra B VermaNational General SecretaryNA
08 Jitendra Awhad National General Secretary
09 Y. P. Trivedi National Treasure
10S R kohilPermanent SecretaryNA

National Secretaries

Sr No.NameParty PostOther Designation
01Mr. Rajeev jhaNational SecretaryNA
02Mr. Hemant TakleNational SecretaryNA
03Mr. Sachidanand SinghNational SecretaryNA
04Mr. Brij Mohan SirvastavaNational SecretaryNA
05Mr. Rajendra Jain National SecretaryNA


Sr No.NameParty PostOther Designation
01 Nawab Malik Senior National SpokespersonNA
02Mr. Narendra VermaNational Spokesperson
  • National General Secretary
  • In- charge Media
03Mr. Brij Mohan SirvastavaNational Spokesperson
  • National Secretary
04Mr. Dheeraj Sharma National Spokesperson
05Mr. Clyde Crasto National SpokespersonNA
06Ms. Sonia DoohanSpokesperson
07Dr. Ms. Seema Malik Spokesperson
  • National General Secretary Nationalist Mahila Congress [36]

Office Superintendent

Sr No.NameParty PostOther Designation
01Mr. Chandan BoseSuperintendentNA

Working Committee Members

Sr No.NameParty PostOther Designation
01 Sharad Pawar National President and Member
02 Praful Patel National Vice President and Member
03T. P. Peethambaram MasterMemberNA
04 Sunil Tatkare MemberNA
05K. K. SharmaMemberNA
06 Chhagan Bhujbal MemberNA
07 Supriya Sule MemberNA
08 Ajit Pawar MemberNA
09 Fouzia Khan Member
10 Jayant Patil MemberNA
11A. K. SaseendranMemberNA
12S. R. kohilMemberNA
13 P. C. Chacko MemberNA
14 Yoganand Shastri MemberNA
15 Mohammed Faizal P. P MemberNA
16 Nawab Malik MemberNA
17Narendra VermaMemberNA
18 Jitendra Awhad MemberNA
19 Dhananjay Munde MemberNA
20 Y. P. Trivedi MemberNA
21 Vandana Chavan MemberNA
22 Amol Kolhe MemberNA
23 Shriniwas Patil MemberNA
24 Dheeraj Sharma MemberNA
25Sonia DoohanMemberNA
26Thomas T ThomasMemberNA
27 Dilip Walse-Patil MemberNA
28Saleng SangmaMemberNA
29 Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar MemberNA
30 Madhukar Kukde MemberNA
31Shivajirao GarjeMemberNA

Electoral performance

General elections

YearLok SabhaSeats
Seats won+/-Votes polled % of
State (seats)
1999 13th Lok Sabha 32
8 / 543(1%)
  • Maharashtra (6)
  • Manipur (1)
  • Meghalaya (1)
2004 14th Lok Sabha 32
9 / 543(2%)
  • Maharashtra (9)
2009 15th Lok Sabha 68
9 / 543(2%)
  • Maharashtra (8)
  • Meghalaya (1)
2014 16th Lok Sabha 36
6 / 543(1%)
  • Maharashtra (4)
  • Bihar (1)
  • Lakshadweep(1)
2019 17th Lok Sabha 35
5 / 543(0.9%)
  • Maharashtra (4)
  • Lakshadweep(1)

State Legislative Assembly elections

YearVidhan Sabha termSeats
Votes polled+/-Seats
 % of
Goa Legislative Assembly
2017 1020,916Increase2.svg 1
1 / 40(3%)
2022 1310,846Decrease2.svg1
0 / 40(0%)
Decrease2.svg 1.1%
Gujarat Legislative Assembly
2017 182184,815Decrease2.svg 1
1 / 182(0.5%)
2022 276,949Decrease2.svg 1
0 / 182(0%)
Jharkhand Legislative Assembly
2019 763,320Increase2.svg 1
1 / 81(1%)
Kerala Legislative Assembly
2016 4237,408Steady2.svg
2 / 140(1%)
2021 3206,130Steady2.svg
2 / 140(1%)
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
1999 10th Vidhan Sabha22374,25,427Increase2.svg58
58 / 288(20%)
2004 11th Vidhan Sabha12478,41,962Increase2.svg13
71 / 288(25%)
2009 12th Vidhan Sabha11374,20,212Decrease2.svg9
62 / 288(22%)
2014 13th Vidhan Sabha27891,22,285Decrease2.svg21
41 / 288(14%)
2019 14th Vidhan Sabha12592,16,919Increase2.svg13
54 / 288(19%)
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
2018 629,287Decrease2.svg 1
1 / 60(2%)

List of Rajya Sabha members

No.NameDate of AppointmentDate of Retirement
1 Sharad Pawar 03-Apr-202002-Apr-2026
2 Fouzia Khan 03-Apr-202002-Apr-2026
3 Vandana Chavan 03-Apr-201802-Apr-2024
4 Praful Patel 05-Jul-202204-Jul-2028

State/Union Territorial President and in-charge

This is a list of the official state, territorial and regional committees of the Indian National Congress.

State Committees of the Nationalist Congress Party
Andhra Pradesh NCP Andhra Pradesh NA Vandana Chavan
Arunachal Pradesh NCP Arunachal Pradesh NAMr. Narendra Verma
Assam NCP Assam Mr. D D AhikhariMr. Narendra Verma
Bihar NCP Bihar Mr. Rana Ranvir Singh Jitendra Awhad
Chhattisgarh NCP Chhattisgarh Mr. Nobel Verma Jitendra Awhad
Goa NCP Goa Mr. Jose Philip D'souza Vandana Chavan
Gujarat NCP Gujarat Mr. Jayantbhai Patel (Bosky) Chhagan Bhujbal
Haryana NCP Haryana Mr. Maratha Virendra Verma Sunil Tatkare
Himachal Pradesh NCP Himachal Pradesh NA Sunil Tatkare
Jharkhand NCP Jharkhand Mr. Kalesh Kumar Singh Sunil Tatkare
Karnataka NCP Karnataka Mr. R. Hari Mohammed Faizal P. P
Kerala NCP Kerala Mr. P. C. Chacko Vandana Chavan
Madhya Pradesh NCP Madhya Pradesh Mr. Hemant Patel Jitendra Awhad
Maharashtra NCP Maharashtra Mr. Jayant Patil ---
Manipur NCP Manipur Mr. Soram iboyayim SinghMr. Narendra Verma
Meghalaya NCP Meghalaya Mr. Soram iboyayim SinghMr. Narendra Verma
Mizoram NCP Mizoram NAMr. Narendra Verma
Nagaland NCP Nagaland Vanthungo OdyuoMr. Narendra Verma
Odisha NCP Odisha Mr. Bikram Swain Sunil Tatkare
Punjab NCP Punjab Mr. Gurinder Singh Rooprai K. K. Sharma
Rajasthan NCP Rajasthan Mr. Ummed Singh Champawat Sunil Tatkare
Sikkim NCP Sikkim NAMr. Narendra Verma
Tamil Nadu NCP Tamil Nadu Mr. P. K. Naresh Kumar Mohammed Faizal P. P
Telangana NCP Telangana Mr. Samala Ravender Mohammed Faizal P. P
Tripura NCP Tripura NAMr. Narendra Verma
Uttar Pradesh NCP Uttar Pradesh NA K. K. Sharma
Uttarkhand NCP Uttarkhand Mr. Divya Nautiyal K. K. Sharma
West Bengal NCP West Bengal Mr. Prabodh Chandar Sinha Sunil Tatkare
Union Territorial Committees of the Nationalist Congress Party
Andaman and Nicobar Islands NCP Andaman and Nicobar Islands Ms. R. S. Uma Bharti Vandana Chavan
Chandigarh NCP Chandigarh NA Fouzia Khan
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu NCP Dadra and Nagar Haveli Mr. Dhaval Desai Amol Kolhe
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu NCP Daman and Diu Mr. Dhaval Desai Amol Kolhe
Lakshadweep NCP Lakshadweep K M Abdul Mutaliff Chhagan Bhujbal
Delhi NCP Delhi Yoganand Shastri Fouzia Khan
Jammu and Kashmir NCP Jammu and Kashmir NA Jitendra Awhad
Ladakh NCP Ladakh NA Chhagan Bhujbal
Puducherry NCP Puducherry K M Abdul Mutaliff Chhagan Bhujbal

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