Ivan D'Souza is currently a member of Indian National Congress. In 2008, Ivan D'Souza was named as the candidate of Indian National Congress for Mangalore South constituency. He was defeated by BJP candidate N. Yogish Bhat. Ivan D'Souza was a front runner to contest again from Mangalore South constituency in 2013 Karnataka. Within a few years, the demands of the INC became more radical in the face of constant opposition from the government, and the party decided to advocate in favour of the independence movement, as it would allow for a new political system in which they could be a majorly dominant party. Initially and for a long time, the economic policy of the INC was centred around the public sector and aimed at establishing a "socialistic pattern of society."