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Congress' NYAY: Unanswered questions

Can the party effectively communicate in a way that makes the scheme not just appealing but something that will determine how Indians vote?

Voters show their identity cards as they stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their vote for the state assembly elections in Jodhpur. Photo: PTI
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Voters show their identity cards as they stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their vote for the state assembly elections in Jodhpur. Photo: PTI

Karan Thapar New Delhi
The Congress party’s minimum income guarantee scheme, announced by Rahul Gandhi last Monday, is, as he said, intended as a dhamaka and “a game-changer”. Although he didn’t go so far, it’s clear Congress is hoping this could swing the election. In which case isn’t it surprising that at his press conference Rahul Gandhi should have expressed himself in such a way that he left behind considerable misunderstanding if not confusion about the scheme? When exemplary clarity and focus were required we seem to have been given a garbled presentation.

There are two areas where the impression Rahul Gandhi created turns out
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First Published: Mar 31 2019 | 10:25 PM IST

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