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Indian National Congress platform and policies

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the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Indian flag?

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

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Pakistan

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

INC>INC  Public statementsNo


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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

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Education

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

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Domestic Violence

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

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

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

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

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  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

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

Religion  ›  Ram Temple

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

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 spending to modernize all areas of military and national defense

Transportation  ›  High Speed Rail

Should the government invest in building a high speed rail?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

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

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

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

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseLess

Infrastructure  ›  Private Development

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

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

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

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 baseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

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

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

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to India be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

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

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Caste Based Reservation

Do you support caste based reservation?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in India, have the right to vote?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gay Rights

Should India decriminalize homosexuality?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

INC>INC  Party’s support baseHurt

the Economy  ›  Foreign Defense Investment

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

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

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

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  ›  Fracking

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

INC>INC  Party’s support baseYes

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  ›  Right to Homestead

Should India give all poor households the right to homestead?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation

Do you support the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh?

INC>INC  Public statementsYes