Comment against NYAY scheme: EC asks Niti Aayog vice-chairman to respond to notice by April 2

Official sources said Rajiv Kumar had sought time till April 5 from the Election Commission to respond to the show cause notice as he was abroad.

Published: 30th March 2019 08:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2019 08:51 AM   |  A+A-

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar has been asked to furnish his reply to an Election Commission notice, issued for his remarks against the Congress over its minimum income guarantee promise, by April 2.

Official sources said Kumar had sought time till April 5 from the Election Commission to respond to the show cause notice as he was abroad.

The poll body, however, Friday decided that he be asked to respond by April 2 evening.

Earlier, Kumar was to respond by Thursday evening.

The Niti Aayog vice-chairman had accused the Congress of promising "moon to win elections".

He had also tweeted, "The proposed income guarantee scheme fails the economics test, fiscal discipline test and execution test."

Follow our full election coverage here

In another tweet, Kumar claimed, "True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress President announces a scheme that will bust fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented."

Kumar is reported to have made similar remarks during an interview as well.

At a press conference here Monday, Rahul Gandhi announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if Congress comes to power.

Sources in the poll panel said Kumar being a bureaucrat should not have made such political comments.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp