LUCKNOW: Taking a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his “minimum income guarantee” promise made at a public rally in Chhattisgarh, BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday asked if it was another cruel joke like the party’s promises of “garibi hatao” or “achchey din”.
“The promise of Minimum Income Guarantee sounds more like the previous slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ given by the party. Similar promises were made by the current central government, including the promise of 15 lakh rupees and ‘Ache Din’, which proved mere hollow claims,” said a statement issued by the BSP:
BSP Chief Mayawati on Rahul Gandhi's announcement on #MinimumIncomeGuarentee: Is this promise also a fake one like 'Gareebi hatao' & current government's promises on black money, 15 lakh & achhe din? Both Congress & BJP have failed, & proved to be two sides of the same coin. pic.twitter.com/396HOuosrW— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2019
Mayawati advised Rahul to focus on implementing poverty-alleviation schemes and others related to the welfare of people in Congress-ruled states especially in Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh so that people have faith in them.
“The promise of Congress just before the Lok Sabha elections of guaranteeing minimum income has created doubts among countrymen,” Mayawati said.
BJP and Congress are not good when it comes to poll promises, she said and added that even if such promises have been implemented they have proved to be mere eyewash. People can see results of “garibi hatao” slogan of former prime minister Indira Gandhi for themselves, she said, adding both the Congress and BJP should not make any promise which they cannot fulfil.
People have tested both the Congress and BJP in the past 72 years and therefore it is the appeal of the BSP that they believe the party which works more than making tall claims and promises, she said.