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Rafale row: With aim to corner Modi government, Congress to launch month-long nationwide agitation over 'scams' this week Read In Hindi

The meeting discussed the party's preparations for the Assembly polls this year in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 19, 2018 7:36 IST ]

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In a bid to corner Modi government over Rafale and other issues, the Congress party would be launching a month-long agitation across the nation from this week.

Congress will hold around 80 press conferences, to be addressed by its Spokespersons and senior leaders, across the country on the Rafale aircraft deal inked with France and other issues, sources told IANS.

The Rafale deal came up for discussion at a meeting of Congress General Secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. 

The meeting discussed the party's preparations for the Assembly polls this year in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. 

Briefing reporters later, Congress Communications incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the meeting discussed "political challenges in the election-bound states".

He said the Congress will launch an agitation to highlight "bhrashtachar ka khel, Rafale" (corruption in Rafale deal) that allegedly caused a loss of Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer. 

"It was decided that the scams of the Modi government, particularly the Rafale scam, will be taken to the people of India. In the next 30 days, Congress workers will fan out and hold district and state-level demonstrations," Surjewala said.

He alleged that a contract in the Rafale deal had been "snatched away" from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, a public sector undertaking.

Surjewala said that party leaders, including Congress Working Committee members, General Secretaries and Secretaries, will approach people at block, district and state levels and "ensure that a fair and independent probe and a JPC (joint parliamentary committee) probe into the Rafale deal is constituted immediately."

"We will push the government. We will not stop, we will not be deterred," Surjewala said. 

Party sources said that a team has been formed to coordinate the efforts. 

(With IANS inputs)

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