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Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee is a bluff announcement, says Arun Jaitley

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 25, 2019, 08.03 PM (IST)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday put out his counter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi's “final assault on poverty”.

Jaitley termed Rahul Gandhi's promise of a minimum income of 72,000 annually to 20 per cent families in poorest of the poor category as the biggest bluff.

Jaitley validated his statement by putting forward simple math that sought to negate the calculations put forward by Rahul Gandhi while justifying Congress' minimum income programme.

“If the Congress Party’s announcement is tested on simple arithmetic, Rs.72,000 for five crore families works out to be Rs.3.6 lakh crore, which is less than 2/3rd of what is being given,” Jaitley said.


Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced that his party, if voted to power, would give a minimum income guarantee of Rs 6,000 per month to 20 crore household. He said that the move would bring the people out of poverty.

However, the Finance Minister said that the Congress always promised ‘Garibi Hatao’ but never actually worked on it.

“This announcement is an admission of the fact that neither Indiraji nor her son and certainly not the UPA Government controlled by her descendants, was able to remove poverty,” he added.

The minister further said that the Congress and the Gandhi family, in particular, has ruled India for over two-thirds of the period since the ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan was given “If it has failed to even address poverty during this period, why should India believe it? Jaitley asked.

(With inputs from agencies)