Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress

Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress
Founder Pranab Mukherjee
Founded 1986
Dissolved 1989
Split from Indian National Congress
Merged into Indian National Congress
Political position Right-wing
Colours Blue
Alliance Congress+ (1986-1989)
Seats in Lok Sabha 0
Seats in Rajya Sabha 0

Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress (RSC) (National Socialist Congress) was a political party in the Indian state of West Bengal from 1986 to 1989. RSC was founded by Indian National Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee who is the current President of India , as a result of the leadership struggle within the Indian National Congress after the demise of Indira Gandhi.[1] Mukherjee was opposed to Rajiv Gandhi being appointed the prime minister of India. He saw himself as the rightful successor to the post due to his seniority within the party and was opposed to the dynastic nature of the transition.[2]

President of India Pranab Mukherjee, then the Finance Minister of India, at Regional Conference of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

The RSC rejoined the INC in 1989 after it was unsuccessful in attracting major political figures to its fold and unable to garner wide support. This may have been due to Mukherjee not being a mass leader and never having contested elections. On his return to the party he was welcomed and again joined the top leadership. Since then he has built up an image of a Nehru–Gandhi family loyalist.[3]

See also


  1. Economics Time 2011-02-25.
  2. India Today 2010-10-25.
  3. Financial Times 2009-05-25.
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