BSP Chief Mayawati took a jibe on Rahul Gandhi’s “Minimum income guarantee for poor” statement.
Mayawati compared Rahul Gandhi’s statement to Indira Gandhi’s ‘gareebi hataao’ statement and also compared it with Narendra Modi’s fake promise of ‘Acche din’.
Mayawati said both the BJP and the Congress are the two sides of the same coin “Is this promise also a fake one like ‘Gareebi hatao’ and current government’s promises on black money, 15 lakh and acche din? Both Congress and BJP have failed, and proved to be two sides of the same coin,” ANI quoted Mayawati as saying.
Earlier addressing a public rally in Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi had promised that if voted to power in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress government would announce the scheme to ensure minimum income guarantee to all the poor people in the country. He pitched this promise as the main poll plank of the Congress party.
Rahul Gandhi made the announcement while addressing a ‘Kisaan Abhaar Sammelan’ in Raipur to express gratitude to the people of Chhattisgarh following the Congress’s victory in the last assembly election in November 2018. The Congress defeated the BJP in the state, where it was in power for 15 years.
Rahul had reiterated his promise in a tweet. “We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty. If voted to power in 2019, the Congress is committed to a Minimum Income Guarantee for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty & hunger. This is our vision & our promise,” he said.
Meanwhile, the BJP has called the Congress president’s claim of ensuring minimum income guarantee if his party was voted to power was like “hundreds of other announcements” of the opposition party that were not meant to be implemented and asserted that people had seen through the opposition party’s games.
“The people of India know the reality of the Congress and have seen through its games,” Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, following Gandhi’s announcement at a public meeting in Chhattisgarh.