Congress President, Rahul Gandhi promised Rs 72,000 per annum to the poor on Monday. The announcement has come ahead of the Lok Sabha elections
Indian National Congress President, Rahul Gandhi promised the establishment of the Minimum Income Support Scheme on Monday. The programme promises Rs 72,000 per annum to 25 crore economically backward citizens if the party comes to power in 2019.
The Congress President first promised the implementation of the scheme during the Chattisgarh polls, last year.
Speaking with the press today, Rahul Gandhi said, “It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea.” He affirmed that the Congress had consulted several economists on the scheme.
According to the Congress leader, “5 crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from this scheme. All calculations have been done. There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world.” He further promised, “We will wipe out poverty from the country.”
Ahead of the 2019 polls, the opposition is also considering a possible alliance with AAP in Delhi. Congress’ Delhi President Sheila Dixit, Rahul Gandhi, and other unit leaders deliberated the potential coalition on Monday.
Reportedly, the final call regarding the coalition will be made by Rahul Gandhi. AAP is currently the ruling party of the National Capital Territory.
March 25 is also the last date to announce nominations for the first round of Lok Sabha elections. Over ninety constituencies across twenty states and union territories will go to polls on April 11, 2019.
Earlier today, Kharbela Swain, founder of Odisha’s Utkal Bharat Party, joined the BJP. The former BJP MP for Odisha rejoined the ruling party in Bhubaneswar. National Congress (NC) leader Farookh Abdullah has filed nomination from Srinagar constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.