Congress to Hold Nationwide Agitations in Oct Over Economic Slowdown

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi with party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, K. C. Venugopal, Dr Manmohan Singh and A. K. Antony during a meeting of party general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs and others at party Headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. — IANS

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NEW DELHI — The Congress Party on Thursday has announced that it has decided to organise a massive agitation across the country from October 15 to 25 over economic slowdown.

The decision was announced by Congress General Secretary K. C. Venugopal while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

“We have decided to organise state-level convention on economic slowdown from 20 to 30 September,” told Venugopal.

The Congress leader further informed that the party has planned nationwide massive agitation throughout the country on the issue of economic slowdown between October 15 and 25.

He said that the party will celebrate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary by organising a large scale ‘padayatra’ on October 2, in order to educate people about Mahatma’s ideals of freedom and Swaraj.

“We have decided to have a membership campaign from October this year which will be both digital and traditional,” he said.

Venugopal said that each and every leader of the party will participate in the house-to-house campaign for members in their respective area.

Speaking on the plans of the party to train leaders across the country, he said, “We have decided that the Congress will organise training activities, building up workers. It was decided to have a more contemporary training module. The emphasis will be on communicating with youth and to educate them about true nationalism and secularism.”

The announcement was made after Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi held meeting with all the general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders.

Why former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi missed the meeting on Thursday, party leader R. P. N. Singh said, “This was the meeting of the general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs, CLPs. Thus invitation was sent to all those leaders only.”

Reacting to Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s statement dismissing economic slowdown, Singh said, “This is exactly what Manmohan Singhji has said, first the government has to acknowledge that there is a problem in the economy. By coming up with insane explanation, the problem is not going to go away.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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