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Indian National Congress platform and policies



Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Foreign Policy  ›  China

Should the government take a stronger position against Chinese influence in the region?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Jan Lokpal

Do you support the Jan Lokpal bill which would create an independent organization to investigate corruption of government employees?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crime

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Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Indian flag?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Pakistan

If Pakistan attacks, should the government respond with devastating force?

INC>INC  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Article 370

Should Jammu and Kashmir be granted special autonomous status?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Education

Should the government provide all citizens with a free of charge education?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Domestic Violence

Should India drastically increase punishment for domestic violence and crimes against women?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Private Healthcare

Should there be more public or private involvement in healthcare?

INC>INC  Party’s support basePublic

Domestic Policy  ›  Religious Political Parties

Should India allow religion based political parties?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Population Control

Should India create a one-child policy in order to control population growth?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Caste Based Reservation

Do you support caste based reservation?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Weapons

Should India increase or decrease its amount of military weapons?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseIncrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseIncrease

Religion  ›  Uniform Civil Code

Should the government eliminate codes that protect the culture of minority groups?

INC>INC  Public statementsNo

Religion  ›  Ram Temple

Should the government pay for the construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  High Speed Rail

Should the government invest in building a high speed rail?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

Infrastructure  ›  Private Development

Should India increase the use of private international firms to build infrastructure?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should the government prioritize lowering the cost of healthcare or improving the quality?

INC>INC  Public statementsGive priority to improving the quality of healthcare

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseLess

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Business Tax

Should the government increase taxes on private business?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should India accept refugees from Syria?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Right to Work

Should the government guarantee wage employment to every low income household?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseHelp

Social  ›  Gay Rights

Should India decriminalize homosexuality?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Right to Food

Should the government guarantee the legal right to food for two-thirds of the population?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, as long as the local environment is not compromised

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Foreign Defense Investment

Should India allow foreign countries to transfer their military production to India?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Foreign Direct Investment

Should India allow international retail chains such as Wal-Mart and Tesco more or less entry into India?

INC>INC  Public statementsMore

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the Indian language?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Right to Homestead

Should India give all poor households the right to homestead?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Black Money

Should India reduce income taxes on the wealthy in an effort to reduce black money?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation

Do you support the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes