Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairs a high-level party meeting at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi on Thursday (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairs a high-level party meeting at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi on Thursday (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Sonia, Manmohan to lead Congress campaign on slowdown

  • The party will organise a nationwide campaign against the economic slowdown from 15 to 25 October
  • From October, the party will also begin a door to-door membership drive along with a training module

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the Congress campaign on the economic slowdown. The party will organise a nationwide campaign against the slowdown from 15 to 25 October.

Gandhi on Thursday chaired a meeting of party leaders from across the country to discuss the current economic slowdown, organisation plans and finalise the agenda for Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary celebrations. The meeting saw 32 leaders in attendance, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

To celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the party has planned to organise padhyatras in every state on 2 October. These will be led by senior leaders of the party.

From October, the party will also begin a door to-door membership drive along with a training module.

“We are meeting at a time when there is a prolonged economic slump, when job losses are mounting by the day, when the confidence of investors is getting shakier by the day, when the government appears more and more clueless and insensitive by the day. Dr. Manmohan Singhji has recently issued an authoritative statement on the economy," Gandhi said.

“We are also meeting at a time when vendetta politics is at its peak and when those who speak out against the ruling establishment are being threatened and intimidated. Each and every institution is being diabolically subverted. The voices of dissent are being silenced. Democracy has never been at greater peril than it is now. As I said a few weeks back, the mandate of 2019 is now being misused and abused in a most dangerous fashion," she added.

Addressing the leaders, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the economy is going from bad to worse. He pointed out that the stock markets were operating in an atmosphere of gloom.

“A membership drive was also discussed. There will be both digital and a traditional paper drive from October this year. Each and every leader will organize house-to-house campaigns. It was decided to have a more contemporary training module where the emphasis will be on connecting with the youth, nationalism and secularism," K C Venugopal, senior Congress leader, said while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

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