What Happened: The Indian National Congress (INC), the country's main opposition party, is planning nationwide protests from Nov. 5-15 to voice its dissatisfaction with India's cooling economic growth, unemployment and the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement, The Indian Express reported Nov. 5.
Why It Matters: Turnout at the protests will provide an important gauge of strength for the INC after the party suffered a significant loss in general elections earlier this year. However, it remains unclear whether the demonstrations will tangibly impact Indian public policy.
Background: The INC has struggled in recent years to significantly increase its seat share in India's parliament despite dominating the country's political scene for decades after spearheading the Indian independence movement. In May elections, the party secured only 52 seats, compared to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's 303 seats.
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