Hyderabad: Demonetisation appears to have impacted the activities of Congress, the main Opposition party in the state.
The party had announced two signature campaigns with the support of farmers and students and a massive public meeting on December 9 to highlight the “failures” of 2.5 years of TRS rule.
It has now postponed holding the public meeting ostensibly due to the impact of demonetisation.
The Opposition had taken up two major programmes, one with signature campaign from farmers to seek a one-time payment of the pending loan waiver dues as promised by TRS government and the other in league with the students to demand immediate payments for the fee reimbursement scheme.
Both the programmes took off well but after the announcement of demonetisation they slowed down as Congress leaders feel the focus is now on ‘currency change’ and not, on other matters.
TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy also announced that on December 2, the day TRS government completes 2.5 years of its rule, the Congress will organise a large public meeting to highlight the government “failures” and that will be the beginning of the party’s campaign for 2019 elections.
Later the date was shifted to December 9 to coincide with the birthday of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
When contacted, Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy who is now in Delhi, said, “Since many of the party MPs and Congress Working Committee members have to take part in the public meeting and in view of the ongoing Parliament session, the date of the public meeting will be finalised in the next few days. It is not going to be December 9 as proposed earlier.”