“BJP might consider Minimum Basic Income in its Election Manifesto”


Feeling left out after AICC President Rahul Gandhi assuring to introduce Minimum Income bill if Congress comes to power at the Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may include Minimum Income guarantee in its Manifesto for General election slated in April-May in the Country.Disclosing this in a press release here on Thursday, BJP Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Chandrasekhar said that ‘BJP might consider Minimum Basic Income’ Election Manifesto’. He said that the BJP Manifesto Committee headed by senior leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will take the final decision about the suggestion for inclusion of ‘Minimum Basic Income’ received during the public consultation ‘Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat’ held across India.

Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekhar, who is also one of the members of the BJP’s Manifesto Committee, said that “among many suggestions pouring in, the BJP is considering including minimum basic income scheme in its Lok Sabha election manifesto, which would eliminate poverty and ensure the survival of individuals without work requirement”. AICC President Rahul Gandhi earlier had scored a political point over BJP by saying that the Congress would implement the minimum basic income for poor if the party is voted to power in the upcoming election. Referring to Ms. Priyanka Gandhi’s re-entry into politics would affect BJP’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh; Chandrasekhar said the Congress is out of sync with the expectations of the people. “The people, especially youngsters, expect their leaders who have made their mark the very hard way rather than Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi, who are reaping benefits without having any experience of governance.” He added. Rajiv Chandrasekhar questioned saying “what are the achievements of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi? Nothing, except for the name Gandhi, they are enjoying high party offices. It is astonishing that the Congress does not understand the pulse of new India which wants leaders of merit, not those coming through dynasty politics.  As many as 68 percent voters below 35 years of age are not as impressed with Gandhi’s. They are impressed with a person like Modi who climbed the ladders of success”. Stating that it is too early to predict how many seats BJP will win, Rajiv Chandrasekhar said that “The majority of the people want Modi to continue as the Prime Minister, for his policies have benefited almost all communities and caste”.

He claimed that the people also are satisfied with Modi’s action against loan defaulters like Nirav Modi by implementing stringent banking code. Referring to impact of Mahagatbandhan in UP and few other States, Chandrasekhar said alliance arithmetic would not play a decisive role in this Lok Sabha elections, but the performance of Modi government. Replying to a query, Chandrasekhar said more than Masood Azharji row, the larger issue is tackling of terrorism through the prism of vote bank politics by the Congress, which has always compromised national security. Chandrasekhar also blamed Congress for politicizing Balakot air strike which was carried out by the Indian Air Force across Line of Control. “It was the Congress which politicized the air strike first. The BJP just reacted to the unprecedented doubts raised by the opposition on Balakot strike. We are not here to keep silent. If the Congress and their supporters would raise doubts on the armed forces, we would retaliate.”  Moreover, the Prime Minister did not utter a word until the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan army and then released due to increasing global pressure”, he added.

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