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Cong plans massive agitation from Oct 15-25 on economic slowdown
New Delhi: Gearing up for the coming assembly polls in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana and Delhi, Congress on Monday decided to hold massive agitations from October 15 to 25 across the country against the Modi government on ''''economic slowdown'''' in the country.. At a meeting held with AICC general secretaries, PCC presidents and CLP leaders Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday asked party leaders and workers to reach out to the people and carry out agitations across the country against the policies of Narendra Modi government, in particularly its ''mishandling'' of the Indian economy.

Addressing a press conference here to brief about the party''s meeting held at AICC headquarters, in which Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretaries, in-charges, CLP leaders and PCC presidents were present, AICC in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal said that in the meeting Ms Gandhi talked about the grave economic situation and problem of unemployment prevailing in the country.

''''Investors confidence is shaken and the Government is more and more clueless and insensitive. Ms Gandhi is worried about vendetta politics at its peak and those who are speaking against the establishment are being threatened and intimidated,'''' he said. Mr Venugopal informed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked in detail about the protracted slowdown in the the country''s economy. Dr Singh said the economy is going from bad to worse and the Government is not realising it. The former Prime Minister pointed out that the stock markets are showing an atmosphere of gloom. Mr R P N Singh said in the meeting, Dr Manmohan Singh gave special stress on two things.

''''The former Prime Minister said in the real estate sector, 4.50 lakh houses are ready in eight big cities of the country but there is no one to buy them and due to this unemployment is increasing. Another thing which Dr Singh mentioned was that the government was not able to take benifit in export sector due to declining in rupee value in comparison of dollar,''''Mr R P n SIngh said. ''''The value of the rupee is falling daily against the dollar. When the rupee falls then one of its benefits goes into exports. But, in the BJP government, along with the rupee, exports are also falling.

It is a matter of concern,'''' Dr Singh said at the meeting. Mr Venugopal said that it was the responsibility of the Congress party to tell people that the Government is ignoring the promises it had made, and that economic reality is very different from what was promised. . Giving further details about the meeting, Mr R P N Singh said,'''' Sonia Gandhi instructed all the State Congress Committees to build a wide-ranging agitation on the economic crisis, unemployment and farmers'' problems. In this context, from October 15 to 25, the Congress party will launch a big nationwide agitation.

'''' Mr Singh said in the meeting, Ms Gandhi made a special emphasis on one thing, she said that Congress leaders should not have to limit themselves only to social media but there is a need to reach village, poor and the public of the country. Mr Singh said in the meeting it was also decided that on October 2, a large-scale ''''padayatra'''' will be organised in the capital of each state to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which will be taken to each district and block level by October 9.

''''In the meeting there was a discussion on party''s membership drive. This time, the membership drive will be launched both offline and online. Everyone has been given instructions in this regard. All senior leaders will also have to run this drive firmly at their booths. For the Digital membership, an app will be launched,'''' he said. He said in the meeting which was convened in AICC, 32 party leaders participated which included General Secretaries, in-charges, PCC Presidents and CLP leaders.

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