New Delhi, Oct 31 The Congress is reaching out to like-minded opposition parties to intensify the attack on the Narendra Modi government in the upcoming winter session of Parliament by focussing on economic issues as the grand old party will launch the nationwide agitation on November 5 and will carry on till 15.
The party has planned to build a counter-narrative on the economic slowdown against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s hypernationalism and is in talks with other opposition parties to put an united front.
The party has decided to raise the issues of economic slowdown, unemployment, farmers’ distress, PSU disinvestment and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The 10-day agitation, from the block level to state level, will also include a big rally in New Delhi. The Congress is trying to rope in like-minded parties for the protest, said K.C. Venugopal, Congress General Secretary.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi would be soon meeting leaders of the opposition parties to build a consensus.
The Congress has planned a joint opposition rally in last week of November in Delhi.
Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said: “The Congress Party has decided to hold nationwide protests between November 5 -15 against the misrule of the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government at the Centre, with special focus on the adverse impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, current economic crisis, mounting unemployment, spiralling price rise, collapse of the banking system, heavy loss of jobs in public and private sectors, omnipresent farm distress.”
The party will hold 35 press confrences accross the country to be addressed by the senior leaders starting from November 1-8.
Sonia Gandhi has also called meeting of the party General Secretaries and all State In-charge on Saturday to take stock of the preparations.
However, Rahul Gandhi may not be present during the agitation. Party leader Randeep Surjewala has clarified that he is abroad and would return to join the public rally in Delhi.
Sonia Gandhi attacked the government on the eve of Diwali, reminding the Narendra Modi government of its ‘Raj Dharma’ towards the farmers, saying they were suffering due to government’s policies.
In a detailed statement, Sonia Gandhi had said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after coming to power had started cheating farmers.
“They promised farmers 50 per cent more returns on the amount spent on crops by increasing the minimum support price (MSP). But year after year, the BJP government worked in the interest of a few middlemen and hoarders by looting crores of rupees of the farmers,” she said.
Citing examples of the condition of agriculture markets, she said several of them were buying kharif crops across the country lower than the MSP.
She criticised the BJP government over the GST levied on tractors, fertilisers and other agricultural equipment, saying it had increased farmers’ burden. Even the price of diesel was rising constantly, she added.