All India N.R. Congress

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All India N.R. Congress
PresidentN. Rangaswamy
FounderN. Rangaswamy
Founded7 February 2011; 12 years ago (2011-02-07)
Split fromIndian National Congress
Headquarters6, 1st Main Road, Pon Nagar, Reddiarpalayam, Puducherry-605010,Puducherry, India.
IdeologySocial democracy[citation needed]
Political positionCentre[citation needed]
ECI StatusState Party
AllianceNDA (2014 – present)
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Puducherry Legislative Assembly
10 / 33
Number of states and union territories in government
1 / 31
Election symbol
Party flag
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All India N.R. Congress (abbr. AINRC)[1] is a regional political party formed by the Chief Minister of Puducherry, N. Rangaswamy in the Indian union territory of Puducherry.[2] He announced the party formation on 7 February 2011 in the party's head office in Pondicherry as a breakaway from the Indian National Congress. Currently it is part of the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP currently the ruling party of India.

The official website states expansion of "N.R." in the party's name as Namathu Rajiyam (meaning our kingdom).[1] These letters are also the initials of the party founder N. Rangasamy. The party's official motto is Simplicity, Fairness and Transparency.

2011 Assembly elections[edit]

In 2011 assembly election, the AINRC is allied with J. Jayalalithaa's All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Rangasamy formed the government by winning 15 seats in the election without consulting the AIADMK and refusing to share power with the pre-election alliance partner. So Jayalalithaa accused Rangasamy of betraying the coalition. On 18 May 2015, it was announced that Congress MLA Malladi Krishna Rao is likely to quit the party and formalise his association with the AINRC, taking the strength of the serving party to 15.[3]

2014 Lok Sabha election[edit]

Chief Minister N Rangaswamy announced that R. Radhakrishnan, former Speaker of Puducherry Assembly, would be the AINRC candidate for the Puducherry constituency for 2014 Lok Sabha Election.[4] Radhakrishnan won the lone Lok Sabha seat from Puducherry.

2016 Assembly elections[edit]

AINRC won 8 seats in the 2016 Puducherry Legislative Assembly election while Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 15 seats.[5] Therefore, Congress, along with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam which won 2 seats, forms government.

2021 Assembly elections[edit]

AINRC along with BJP won a clear majority of seats in the 2021 Puducherry Legislative Assembly election which paved way for the NDA to form a government in the Union Territory for the first time.[6]


  1. ^ a b "What does AINRC mean?". Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  2. ^ "ADMK reaches poll pact". NDTV. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Rebel congress MLA to support NR COngress". NDTV. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. ^ "AINRC names candidate". NDTV. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (19 May 2016). "Pondicherry (Puducherry) Assembly elections 2016 result: Congress emerges single largest party". Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  6. ^ "NDA shifts focus to government formation in Puducherry". The Hindu. 3 May 2021.