A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Allahabad High Court against the Congress minimum income scheme that they promised in their manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. The petitioners have asked the court to direct the promise as it amounts to bribery and violates the Representation of People Act 1951.
Under the Nuyuntam Aay Yojna, Congress promised in its manifesto for the elections that it will give ₹72,000 per year to 20 percent of the poor people if Congress comes to power in the 2019 general elections.
The Allahabad High court has issued a notice to the Congress seeking a reply within 10 days scheduling the next hearing to May 13.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi scheme of minimum income aims to lift five crore families or ₹25 crore people out of poverty. He called the minimum income scheme as a surgical strike to poverty. He said that the scheme would run up an annual bill of 3.60 lakh crore and around 1.7% of GDP for the year 2019-2020. He also said that any family with a monthly income less than ₹12,000 will receive ₹6,000 monthly from the Congress government.
Calling it an NYAY scheme for the people, Rahul Gandhi said that the scheme will be an extension for the UPA government’s flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
Rahil Gandhi announced the scheme to bring back the shift of Indian voters from Nationalism wave and the agenda of elections from terrorism to unemployment and poverty in the country. According to the BJP, the agenda set for the government was terrorism and surgical strikes that were the basis of elections.