On Thursday Congress party announced that it will hold massive agitations across the country from October 15 to October 25 against the government's policies that have allegedly led to an "economic slowdown". The decision was taken by Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi at the AICC headquarters.
The meeting was attended by former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretaries, in-charges of various states, and Congress Legislative Party leaders, among others. It was decided at the meeting that Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegate conventions will be held across the country from September 20 to 30 for highlighting the economic slowdown, said the Congress spokesperson, R P N Singh said at a press conference. The party general secretary, KC Venugopal was also present for the press conference.
Previously, Congress has taken a hit on the Centre for the slump in the GDP and for the slowdown in the economy. The Congress party claimed that global issues are not causing the slump in GDP, asking a white paper to be released on the "shrinking economy and rising frauds". Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala talked about the financial mismanagement and said that the GDP data only reflects it. "However, the malady is much bigger than what it appears to be. There is complete economic downturn, virtual shutting of manufacturing, lagging exports and surging imports, besides the loss of millions of jobs in all sectors," he said.
The Communist Party of India also criticised the BJP-led central government on the economic slowdown, when the government was celebrating '100 days of success'. The attack came at a time when India's GDP growth has slowed down to 5% in the first quarter of 2019, as opposed to the 8% growth rate during the same quarter last year. The current numbers indicate the slowest growth in six and a half years. The CPI(M) attacked the Centre over growing unemployment and celebrating 100 days of success when the nation is facing a slowdown.
(With PTI inputs)