Buoyed after a pep talk with the former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the state Youth Congress leadership is all set to launch a statewide agitation after Diwali highlighting various issues on national and state interest. While the immediate objective is to warm up for the upcoming Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) civic polls next year, the state Youth Congress (YC) leadership requested Sonia Gandhi to ask Rahul Gandhi to visit the state to boost the morale of party cadres, state YC president Shadab Khan said today.

The youth wing leadership is mulling over the issues on which its agitation will focus upon. A balance is being sought to be struck between local and national issues, it was learnt. While the surging tariff of CESC and rising unemployment against the backdrop of “frivolous expenditure” by state government will be highlighted, YC leaders feel that Trinamul Congress’ proximity to the BJP will also be an essential part of the coming agitation. “During our stir both Sarada chit fund scam and Narada sting operation will be underscored”, Khan said.

With the former party chief seeking a more militant stir from the youth wing, no punches are likely to pulled when the agitation gets underway. We will go hammer and tongs with topics like Mukul Roy’s apparent presence in the Narada footage, along with the sudden return of the CBI on the lookout for Rajeev Kumar, additional director general (ADG), thereby giving up on the trail of a person whose protection from arrest had been withdrawn by court, a YC leader said.

“The slackening of the CBI’s alacrity after chief minister, Mamata Banerjee’s successive meetings with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union home minister, Amit Shah will be an essential part of our protest,” Khan said. Apart from people suffering due to economic slowdown, the alleged increasing proximity between BJP and Trinamul will also be part of the protest, Khan added.