‘We will wipe out poverty in the country, this is a dhamaka’, says Rahul

Suratgarh: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi assured a surgical strike on poverty a day after he declared the Rs. 6,000-a-month dole plan for country’s poorest families, if the party is voted to power. He also maintained his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

“We will wipe out poverty in the country. This is a ”dhamaka (blast)”. No country has done this in history. There should not be a single poor person in the country,” Gandhi said at a campaign rally in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh.

Gandhi said his party had been working on how to eliminate it for the last six months.

Rahul Gandhi had announced a minimum income guarantee scheme assuring Rs. 72,000 a year for 20 per cent of the poorest in the country, if the Congress is voted to power in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme, said the Congress chief, would lift five crore families or 25 crore people out of poverty.

“If (Narendra) Modi gives money to the rich, the Congress will give money to the poor,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Congress scheme is deceit and bluff: BJP

The ruling BJP, however, has slammed the Congress scheme, with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calling it chhal-kapat (deceit) and bluff. “Congress has historically believed in political transactions in the name of removing poverty,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi, who has repeatedly accused PM Modi of corruption and crony capitalism in the Rafale fighter jet deal, said,”He (the Prime Minister) says, ‘Main chowkidar hoon” (I am a watchman). He did not say whose chowkidar he is. Have you seen a chowkidar at a farmer”s home? Have you seen a chowkidar at home of the unemployed youth?” he said.