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Rahul vows 'minimum income guarantee' to poor if voted to power in 2019

The announcement of Congress President is politically significant in the run up for the general election

R Krishna Das  |  Raipur 

Rahul Gandhi

Taking a leaf out of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plan, President on Monday played a masterstroke by announcing minimum income for poor people.

“The has decided to take a historic decision... If voted to power in 2019, the Congress-led government is committed to a for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty and hunger," said at a farmers' rally in Raipur Monday evening.

The President said, "We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers and sisters suffer the scourge of poverty. We have now taken a step that no government has taken before. This meant there would be no hungry, poor people in India---a model of social security of United States."

The announcement of is politically significant in the run up for the ensuing general election. The government at the Centre was also reportedly preparing to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) scheme.

According to reports, the UBI scheme would transfer a certain amount into the bank accounts of citizens who are unable to earn an income. The was desperately looking to sway the poor section vote bank as it had been facing a relentless Opposition onslaught over a slew of issues, including agrarian distress and unemployment.

The party had suffered reverses in assembly polls held in three Hindi belt states in November and December. The debacle propelled the party managers to chalk out new strategy to influence voters.

First Published: Mon, January 28 2019. 18:55 IST