Important Sessions of Indian National Congress

31st May 2021

Leaders of the session

  • Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee was the president of the first session of the Indian National Congress.
  • Annie Beasant was the first female President of the Indian National Congress.
  • Sarojini Naidu was the first Indian woman president of the Indian National Congress.
  • Badruddin Tyabji was the first Muslim President of the Indian National
  • Rahimtulla Sayani was the second Muslim President of the Indian National
  • George Yule was the first European President of the Indian National Congress.
  • Dadhabhai Naoroji was the first Parsi President of the Indian National Congress.
  • Sankaran Narayan was the first & the only Keralite President of the Indian National Congress Session.
  • Hakim Ajmal Khan was the only person to be appointed as the President of INC, All India Muslim League & All India Khilafat Committee.

Year and Place



Bombay, 1885

W C Bonnerjee

This was the first session. 72 delegates attended it.

Calcutta, 1886

Dadabhai Naoroji

National Congress and National Conference were merged. 

Madras, 1887

Syed Badruddin Tyabji

607 delegates attended this.

An appeal made to Muslims to join hands with other national leaders

Calcutta, 1896

Rahimtullah M. Sayani

National song ‘Vande Mataram’ was sung for the first time

Benares, 1905

Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Resentment was shown against the partition of Bengal

Calcutta, 1906

Dadabhai Naoroji

The word ‘swaraj’ was mentioned for the first time.

Surat, 1907

Rash Behari Ghosh

The ‘Surat Split’- Party splits into extremists and moderates

Lahore, 1909

Madan Mohan Malaviya

Disapproval was expressed over the separate electorates on basis of religion as given in Indian Councils Act, 1909.

Calcutta, 1911

Bishan Narayan Dar

National anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was sung for the first time

Lucknow, 1916

Ambica Charan Mazumdar

Lucknow Pact was signed.

The extremists and moderates reunited.

Calcutta, 1917

Annie Besant

She was the first woman president of the INC

Amritsar, 1919

Motilal Nehru

The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre was condemned.

Khilafat Movement was boosted

Belgaum, 1924

M K Gandhi

Kanpur, 1925

Sarojini Naidu

Lahore, 1929

Jawaharlal Nehru

This was an iconic session. 

Resolution for ‘Poorna Swaraj’ was passed.

 Civil Disobedience movement was launched.

Gandhi- Irwin pact was endorsed.

Karachi, 1931

Vallabhbhai Patel

The Congress adopted a resolution on Fundamental Rights and Economic Policy

Haripura, 1938

Subhas Chandra Bose

National Planning Committed set-up under J.L Nehru

Tripuri, 1939

Subhas Chandra Bose

Bose had to resign due to differences with Gandhi

Meerut, 1946

Acharya Kripalani

Last session before independence

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