List of Important Sessions of Indian National Congress

»  The Congress was founded in 1885 by Indian and British members of the Theosophical Society movement, including Scotsman Allan Octavian Hume.
»  Its objective was to obtain a greater share in government for educated Indians and to create a platform for civic and political dialogue between educated Indians and the British Raj.
»  The Congress met each December. The first meeting was scheduled to be held in Poona, but due to a cholera outbreak there it was shifted to Bombay.
»  Hume organised the first meeting in Bombay with the approval of the Viceroy Lord Dufferin.
»  Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee was the first president of the Congress.
»  The first session was held from 28–31 December 1885 in Mumbai, and was attended by 72 delegates.
»  Mahatma Gandhi presided over the Belgaum session of INC in 1924.
»  The first woman president of INC was Mrs Annie Besant.
»  The first Indian woman president of the INC was Mrs Sarojini Naidu.
»  The first Englishman to become the president of INC was George Yule
»  The first Muslim president of the INC was Badruddin Tayabji.
»  The president of INC at the time of India's independence was Acharya JB Kriplani.


Indian National Congress Conferences or Meetings and Presidents before Independence
Year
Venue
President
Importance
1885
Bombay
W.C.Bannerji
· 1st session attended by 72 delegates
1886
Calcutta
Dadabhai Naoroji

1887
Madras
Badruddin Tyyabji (fist Muslim President)
· Presided by first Muslim president.
1888
Allahabad
George Yule (first English President)
· Presided by first Englishman President
1889
Bombay
Sir William Wedderburn

1890
Calcutta
Sir Feroze S.Mehta

1895
Poona
S.N.Banerjee

1896
Calcutta
Rahimtulla M. Sayani
· The National Song, Vande Mataram was sung for the first time.
1905
Banaras
G.K.Gokhale

1907
Surat
Rasbehari Ghosh
· The INC split into two, one consisting of Moderates, led by Gokhale and the other consisting of Extremists, led by Tilak.
1909
Lahore
M.M.Malviya

1911
Calcutta
Pandit Bishan Narayan Das
· The National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana was sung for the first time
1916
Lucknow
A.C.Majumdar
· Joint session with Muslim league in which the historic Lucknow pact was signed.
· Re-union of the Congress
1917
Calcutta
Annie Besant
· First session to be presided by a Lady.
1919
Amritsar
Motilal Nehru

1920
Calcutta (sp.session)
Lala Lajpat Rai

1921
Ahmedabad
C.R. Das

1923
Delhi (sp.session)
Abdul Kalam Azad
· Youngest President
1924
Belgaon
M.K.Gandhi

1925
Kanpur
Sarojini Naidu
· First session to be presided by an Indian lady.
1928
Calcutta
Motilal Nehru
· First All India Youth  Congress Formed
1929
Lahore
J.L.Nehru
· The decision to launch a civil disobedience movement to achieve complete independence and to observe 26 Jan as Independence Day was taken.
· Nehru became the president for the first time.
1931
Karachi
Vallabhbhai Patel
· Here, resolution on Fundamental rights and the National Economic Program was passed
· The Gandhi Irwin Pact was endorsed by the Congress in this Session
· Gandhi was nominated to represent Congress in the Second Round Table Conference.
1932
Delhi
(Session Banned)
· (without President) Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya was elected as President
1933
Calcutta
(Session Banned)
· (Mrs. Nellie Sengupta presided) Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya was again elected President
1934
Bombay
Rajendra Prasad

1936
Lucknow
J.L.Nehru

1937
Faizpur
J.L.Nehru
· First session in a village
1938
Haripura
S.C.Bose
· A National Planning Committed set-up underJ.L.Nehru
1939
Tripuri
S.C.Bose
· S.C.Bose was re-elected but had to resign due to protest by Gandhiji (as Gandhiji supported Dr.Pattabhi Sitaramayya). Rajendra Prasadwas appointed in his place.
1940
Ramgarh
Abdul Kalam Azad

1946
Meerut
Acharya J.B.Kriplani
· Last pre-independence session of the INC.
1948
Jaipur
Dr.Pattabhi Sitaramayya.
· First session after Independence.

Frequently asked:

What is the Indian National Congress?
From its foundation on 28 December 1885 until the time of independence of India on 15 August 1947, the Indian National Congress was the largest and most prominent Indian public organization, and central and defining influence of the Indian Independence Movement.

Who was the first president of the Indian National Congress?
Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee 

Who initiated the movement to form the Indian National Congress?
Allan Octavian Hume

Who was the first woman president of Congress?
Mrs Annie Besant

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