'Modi ki guarantee' unsuccessful, does not reach people: Kharge

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 03-04-2024 20:48 IST | Created: 03-04-2024 20:48 IST
'Modi ki guarantee' unsuccessful, does not reach people: Kharge
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about ''Modi Ki guarantee'' but it is ''unsuccessful'' and does not reach people, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge alleged on Wednesday as he launched his party's ''Ghar Ghar Guarantee'' initiative under which it aims to reach out to eight crore households across the country.

Kharge launched the initiative from Usmanpur, Kaithwada in the North East Delhi parliamentary constituency and distributed pamphlets on the Congress's ''Paanch Nyay Pachees Guarantee''.

Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh said it is important to note that the ''Ghar Ghar Guarantee'' initiative is being launched from a place from where, in 1978, the Congress used the ''hand'' symbol for the first time. Interestingly, this time the Congress's campaign tagline is also centred around its poll symbol -- ''Haath Badlega Halaat''.

Posting a picture of himself handing over the party's ''guarantee card'' to a woman, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said on X: ''Our Paanch Nyay and 25 Guarantees are a promise to provide every Indian with a better future, equal opportunities, and a fair share in India's growth.

''Our Paanch big guarantees are -- Pehli Naukri Pakki: Every educated youth will have their first job guaranteed with Rs 1 lakh salary; Mahalakshmi: One woman in every poor family will be given Rs 1 lakh every year; Sahi Daam and Karz Mukti: Loan waiver and legal status to MSP, according to the Swaminathan Commission's formula.

''Shram Ka Samman: Rs 400 per day, National Minimum Wage, including for MGNREGA; Ginti Karo: Every individual and every community to be counted through a nationwide census to ensure social and economic equity.'' The Congress will empower every youngster, woman, farmer, worker and marginalised citizen of India, Gandhi asserted.

''We will ensure the benefits of the nation's progress are not cornered by a few, but rather reach every household,'' he said.

Releasing the ''guarantee card'' in the North East Delhi constituency, Kharge hit out at Modi, saying, ''We give a guarantee that our government has always worked for people and will always do so. The prime minister talks about Modi ki guarantee, but his guarantee is unsuccessful and does not reach people.'' Modi had promised generating two crore jobs a year but people never got to see those jobs, the Congress chief said, adding that he fails to understand why people encourage such propaganda and vote for those who ''lie''.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) talked about doubling farmers' income and providing a legal guarantee for a minimum support price (MSP) on crops, but did not honour those promises, he said.

''We want to tell the country that whatever we promise, we fulfil,'' Kharge asserted.

He also recalled how Congress governments in the past gave guarantees and programmes like MGNREGA, RTI, Right to Food and Right to Education even though the party had not promised those.

Raising the issue of income-tax authorities issuing notices to the Congress, Kharge said, ''This government wants to scare the opposition parties. It froze our accounts. The Supreme Court has intervened in the matter.... The I-T dept took Rs 135 crore from our funds. Can an election be held fairly in a democracy in such a manner? Shouldn't there be a level-playing field?'' He said neither the BJP nor the RSS made any contribution in the freedom movement.

''We want to tell those people that the public wants democracy and to protect the Constitution,'' Kharge said.

He said the Congress is distributing its guarantee card to take its ''Panch Nyay Pachees Guarantee'' to people. ''We want to take this initiative to eight crore households across the country,'' Kharge said while launching the initiative.

''All Congress leaders and workers will take this card to households across the country and tell people what our alliance's government will do when it assumes power,'' he added.

The Congress's poll pitch is centred around ''Paanch Nyay'' or five pillars of justice -- ''Yuva Nyay'', ''Naari Nyay'', ''Kisaan Nyay'', ''Shramik Nyay'' and ''Hissedari Nyay'' -- as well as the guarantees it has given to people under these heads.

The opposition party will release its Lok Sabha poll manifesto here on April 5, with its top leaders addressing mega rallies in Jaipur and Hyderabad the next day.

The party has already launched its new slogan, #HaathBadlegaHalaat -- referring to its poll symbol -- on social media platforms.

In a post in Hindi on X, Ramesh said the Congress president launched the door-to-door guarantee campaign from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

''Congress workers will distribute these guarantee cards, printed in 14 different languages, to eight crore families across India over the next few weeks,'' he said.

Under ''Yuva Nyay'', the party has promised ''Bharti Bharosa'' -- 30 lakh new central government jobs, according to a jobs calendar. Under ''Pehli Naukri Pakki'', the Congress has promised a one-year paid apprenticeship for all educated youngsters at Rs 1 lakh a year.

It has promised a law to ensure that question papers of government recruitment examinations are not leaked and also, better working conditions and social security for gig workers.

As part of ''Nari Nyay'', the Congress has promised 50 per cent reservation for women in new central government jobs and doubling the Centre's salary contribution for all ASHA, anganwadi and mid-day meal workers.

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