Ahead of the Winter session of the Parliament, Congress has called a high-level strategy meeting of all CLP heads, State chiefs, National General Secretaries at the party's headquarters in Delhi. Sources report that Congress is planning to 'gherao' the Centre on the economic slowdown and other policies. Leaders in attendance include Priyanka Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge and the top brass may discuss Maharashtra government formation during the meeting, as per sources.
Talking about the Congress protest against economic slowdown, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said, "It has been announced by the CWC that Congress leaders will take to the streets to protest against economic slowdown. While the situation is deteriorating the Centre does not care about it. While Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's husband is saying that the present govt has stopped the economic policies of Pandit Nehru, they have no understanding of economics."
He added, "They should adopt steps which Dr Manmohan Singh had suggested. Everyone is troubled due to unemployment, farmers are committing suicide and hence Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has decided that we will protest on district-level, state-level and national-level. This meeting is to discuss the same; the decision taken will be then shared with all."
The party was scheduled to hold protests between November 5 and November 15 against the anti-economic policies and decisions of Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre. Senior party leaders were scheduled to address these press conferences whereas a massive show has been planned in Delhi where other parties have also been invited. The party has alleged that the Centre was not taking any "effective steps" to improve the economic situation of the country.
Since the turmoil surrounding Maharashtra government formation has kept the grand old party busy, Congress is currently planning another round of protests against the Centre ahead of the parliament's Winter Session. Meanwhile, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar to finalise on the Cong-NCP-Sena's Common Minimum Programme. The trio is trying to form a government as Maharashtra continues to be under President's rule.