Indian Youth Congress (IYC)
PresidentSrinivas BV
ChairpersonRahul Gandhi
(63 years ago)
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Membership45.05 Million
Mother partyINC
International affiliationProgressive Alliance,
Socialist International

The Indian Youth Congress is the youth wing of the Indian National Congress party. The Indian Youth Congress was a department of the Indian National Congress from the period just after the Partition of India in 1947 until the late 1960s. While prime minister, Indira Gandhi gave the Youth Congress a new dimension by establishing it as a frontal organisation of the Congress Party, with the objective of doing social work and arguing against right-wing parties. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was the first elected president of the Indian Youth Congress;

he later became Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary affairs in the Indian cabinet. Narayan Dutt Tiwari was the first President. Jitin Prasada was also the president of the Indian youth congress.

During the 1970s, under the leadership of Sanjay Gandhi, the Youth Congress undertook activities such as tree plantation, family planning, and fought against domestic violence and dowry deaths. After the death of Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi took over in charge of the Youth Congress. After he became prime minister in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi reduced the voting age to 18. Rahul Gandhi was appointed a general secretary of the All India Congress Committee on 24 September 2007 and was given charge of the Indian Youth Congress[1] along with the National Students Union of India.[2]

The Indian Youth Congress has its headquarters in New Delhi and is headed by Srinivas BV. There are 39 office bearers at the national level, followed by the state, Loksabha, Assembly and Booth level. In all, 174,000 committees have been formed at the Booth level.[3]

Role in India

UTI Scam rally protest

In 2001, several Youth Congress workers held Lalkar Rally around Parliament of India to protest against UTI Scam under National Democratic Alliance government and asked for resignation of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[4][5][6]

Protest against violent attacks

In 2011, 2,500 Youth Congress activists rallied and protested in Calcutta against the violent attacks on its supporters by the All India Trinamool Congress party.[7][8]

Tripura civil disobedience movement

In 2012, Tripura Pradesh Youth Congress organized civil disobedience movement in all 23 sub-divisions in Tripura as part of agitation to protest against the Left Front government's failure to provide employment, nepotism, rise of crime and atrocities against women in the state. This saw procession of 4,000 Congress workers and detainment about 25,000 Youth Congress activists across the state.[9]

Madhya Pradesh memorandum

Kunal Choudhary Is the President of Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress.[10] In 2012, Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress president submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Madhya Pradesh demanding dismissal of the State Government run by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not able to protect teenager girls and murders.[11]

Karnataka drought failure

In 2012, Youth Congress workers of Karnataka took out a procession in protest against the failure of the Government of Karnataka under BJP to tackle drought in 123 taluks and staged a mass protest in front of all taluk offices and locked the offices.[12] A memorandum was submitted to Deputy Commissioner.[13]

In January 2013, a 17 kilometer rally was held in Kannur demanding the dissolution of BJP government for 'failing' to provide good administration and losing the support of the majority.[14][15][16]

India-Pakistan border protest for Indian soldiers

On 14 January 2013 more than hundred Youth Congress activists staged protests across India against Pakistan and its army outside the old customs gate at the Attari border over the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces.[17][18]

Implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments in Jammu and Kashmir

In August, 2012 the Pradesh Youth Congress Jammu and Kashmir launched a statewide protest against the Government led by National Conference for the implementation of the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution of India relating to Panchayti Raj in Jammu and Kashmir. The protests were led by J&K youth Congress president Mohammad Shahnawaz Choudhary.[19]

Kisaan Satyagrah against Land Acquisition Ordinance

In January 2015, Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi directed nationwide protest against Land Acquisition Ordinance brought in by Indian Central government.[20] The protest took place in various part of country.[21][22] On 18 February, Indian Youth Congress protested against Vyapam Scam and Land Acquisition Ordinance near Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha where they were charged with water canon in which several youth congress volunteers were hurt and arrested along with Indian Youth Congress National President Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.[23]

Kerala Youth Congress Members Who Publicly Slaughtered A Calf

Days after [24] in Kerala publicly slaughtered a calf to protest against beef ban, Kerala Police on Thursday arrested eight people who were involved in the incident.

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List of previous presidents

Year Name Place
Shri Narayan Dutt Tiwari.jpg
N. D. Tiwari Uttarakhand
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Sanjay Gandhi New Delhi
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Ambika Soni Lahore, British India
1978–1980 Ramchandra Rath Odisha
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Ghulam Nabi Azad Jammu and Kashmir
1982–1985 Tariq Anwar Bihar
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Anand Sharma Himachal Pradesh
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Gurudas Kamat Karnataka
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Mukul Wasnik Maharashtra
Ramesh chennithala.JPG
Ramesh Chennithala Kerala
1993–1996 Maninderjeet Singh Bitta Punjab
1996–1998 Jitin prasada
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Manish Tewari Punjab
March 2000 – February 2005
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Randeep Surjewala Chandigarh
February 2005 – February 2010 Ashok Tanwar Haryana
February 2010 – December 2014 Rajeev Satav Maharashtra
December 2014 – May 2018
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Amrinder Singh Raja Warring Punjab
May 2018 - July 2019 Keshav Chand Yadav Uttar Pradesh
August 2019 – present
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Srinivas BV Karnataka

See also


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  2. ^ "Rahul Gandhi gets Youth Congress Charge". The Hindu. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Booth committees in IYC". 28 November 2013. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "IYC demands cases against Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee and Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on UTI scam". The Tribune. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ "NDA Government's achievement, a litany of scams: Sorake". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 July 2004. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Youth Cong call to unseat NDA Government at Center". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Youth Congress protest rally chokes south Calcutta". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Congress holds silent rally in Kolkata against Trinamool". NDTV. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Youth Congress rally to protest against Left Front apathy". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  10. ^ "सीहोर के कुणाल चौधरी युवा कांग्रेस प्रदेशाध्यक्ष बने". 28 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Youth Cong demands ouster of State Government". The Pioneer (Indian newspaper). Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Youth Congress slams government's failure to tackle drought". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Youth Congress stages protest in Karnataka". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Mangalore: Youth Congress Launches Protest Rally Against BJP Govt". Daijiworld Media. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Youth Cong takes up cudgels against BJP govt; organizes vehicle rally". Mangalore Today. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Youth Congress rally on Jan 15 against misrule of BJP govty". Mangalore Today. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Indian Youth Congress stages protest against Pakistan". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  18. ^ "YCC protests against killing of two Indian soldiers in Kashmir". State Times. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Youth Cong's 7-day ultimatum to Omar". The Kashmir Times. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  20. ^ Rahul asks Youth Congress to launch ‘Kisan Satyagraha’; meet each MP, MLA, 16 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Youth congress protest at CM house in Haryana". Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  22. ^ "Youth congress protest at Deputy Commissioner's office in Shivamogga Karnataka". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Youth Congress workers protest at MP Vidhansabha". Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  24. ^ Youth Congress members