Rally against Rafale deal, DeMo from Thursday: KC Venugopal

Bengaluru: Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka  K.C. Venugopal on Sunday disclosed that the party will organise a week-long protest from September 6 -15 across the state to create public awareness about the failures of the Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA government's ill-timed policies like demonetisation and the controversial Rafale deal.

Speaking to reporters after holding a series of meetings with party leaders here, Mr Venugopal said, “The protest will be launched simultaneously in the state in order to ensure a systematic campaign against the Union government's failures. The Rafale deal will be our main focus, but we will not let go of issues that are affecting farmers; price rise and unemployment too will be part of this campaign.”

According to him, the Union government is under tremendous pressure owing to the Congress party's demand to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into the Rafale deal. “The union government under Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is petrified to even discuss  this. Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman misguiding Parliament on the issue is still fresh in people's minds," he said. Hitting out at the Prime Minister, Mr Venugopal stressed that demonetisation was a complete disaster which wrecked the informal economy besides killing several hundreds across the country. “Where is the black money which he had promised to bring to light?  Demonetisation was showcased as  the biggest assault on black money. But on the contrary, it turned out to be a major assault on the country's economy,” he claimed. 

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