New Delhi : While Congress is trying its best to attract voters with their “attractive promises” sticking to a narrative focused on the poor, the farmers and the country’s poor of unemployment for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, has come to hinge itself upon the party’s flagship scheme, NYAY.
Giving headway to a powerful idea of guaranteed minimum income, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), promises to transfer Rs 72,000 annually to 20% of families in the poorest of the poor category.
Rahul Gandhi announced this idea in his highly publicized rally in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh last year. The party made this promise its central plank during campaigns for the Assembly elections in the three heartland and states – Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan – all of which it went on to win.
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The grand old party has been particularly ferocious in accusing the NDA government of pushing the agriculture sector into a crisis through policies like demonetization and its crop insurance scheme. So, in the Congress’ 55 page manifesto titled ‘Congress will deliver’, the party made a conscious attempt to contrast itself with his alleged failure of the BJP on its election promises, and offered a slew of populist, welfare expenditures aimed at addressing the ongoing farmers’ crisis.