Congress kickstarts a major campaign against Rafale deal

The Congress today has launched a major nationwide campaign from attemting to `expose’ Prime Miniter Narendra Modi’s claim of `scamless’ government, raising the issue of alleged Rafale deal, accusing it as a major political scam in recent times. The party has decided to confine their campaign in press conferences.

As per the strategy drawn to corner the government, the Congress will be holding as many as 100 press conferences across the country during next one month, to “wake up” the government. While former Union Minister P. Chidambaram addressed the media in Kolkata, Ajay Maken will hold a press conference in Chandigarh, Shakeel Ahmed in Dhanbad, Pratap Singh Bajwa in Dharamsala and Pawan Khera in Gurugram. The media briefings will culminate till September 26.

The Congress party is all set to stage a district-wise protest to reach out to the common man on the issue of the Rafale deal.State units have also been directed to organise protests in all headquarters of the states on the issue. For the month-long campaign programme, the Congress has fielded 50 leaders, including the former ministers and spokespersons of the party

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said that the Centre needs to tell the people of this country how they have done corruption worth Rs 42,000 crore through this deal? How they took the contract from a government company and gave it to their friend? We will force the BJP government to give answers regarding this deal. The BJP is not a corruption-free government, rather it is an investigation-free government, he added.

Meanwhile, gearing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Saturday set up three crucial committees to look after election affairs related to coordination, manifesto and publicity. Party chief Rahul Gandhi formed the key nine-member Core Group Committee comprising AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and KC Veugopal.

A 19-member Manifesto Committee has been set up to come out with the party’s manifesto for the general elections. Gandhi also formed a committee comprising 19 top party leaders who will look after the party’s publicity during the elections.

Announcing the setting up of the committees, party General Secretary, Organisation Ashok Gehlot said with the constitution of the committees, the party will go into election mode and start the work of putting up a manifesto and draw strategy for publicity and coordination.


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