Goa polls: Rahul Gandhi launches Congress manifesto, vows to implement ‘Nyay’ - Hindustan Times

Rahul Gandhi's ‘Nyay’ scheme promises 6,000 monthly for every poor Goan

By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Feb 04, 2022 09:16 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi was in Goa’s Sanquelim assembly constituency, where he addressed the “Nirdhar” virtual rally, during which he launched the party’s manifesto.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched the party’s manifesto for the upcoming assembly election in Goa and promised to implement the ‘Nyay Scheme’ under which 6,000 would be transferred to poor families every month.

Rahul Gandhi said that the party would implement its ‘Nyay Scheme’ when elected to power in Goa.(Twitter/@RahulGandhi)
Rahul Gandhi said that the party would implement its ‘Nyay Scheme’ when elected to power in Goa.(Twitter/@RahulGandhi)

The Congress MP addressed a virtual rally, named “Nirdhar”, in Sanquelim Assembly constituency where he launched the party’s manifesto.

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Gandhi said the main contest in the state is between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in the state, adding the Goans need to decide who should come to power and not waste their votes.

Stating the party would implement its ‘Nyay Scheme’ if elected to power, Gandhi said, “We are taking a historic decision in Goa. 6,000 per month, i.e. 72,000 in a year, will automatically be transferred to Goa's poorest citizens.”

He said the ruling BJP government in Goa has “failed” on several fronts. “You saw how the BJP government failed in tourism, Covid-19 and employment. We are not giving tickets to defectors, we have given tickets to new people this time. Congress will form a government in Goa with a full majority. The fight is between Congress and the BJP only, do not waste your vote,” he said.

He also repeated his “two Indias” remark, which he recently made in Parliament during the Budget Session and criticised the Narendra Modi-led central government for many of its decisions like demonetisation and implementation of the goods and services tax (GST). He said that demonetisation affected several small and medium businesses.

“During the implementation of the BJP's demonetisation policy, did you see any rich person standing in queue at the bank? Only the poor were made to suffer. The debts of the rich were wiped out with that money. The poor were left to fend for themselves,” he said.

Further, he said that, if elected, the Congress will not allow Goa to become a coal-hub and would help promote tourism in the state.

“Goa is a famous place for tourism. We can either have tourism or pollution. We can either have a tourist hub or a coal hub. The Congress will not allow Goa to become a coal hub, no matter what. That's my word to you,” he said.

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