Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stated on Saturday that the party’s five “guarantees” made prior to the Karnataka elections will be implemented shortly after the first Cabinet meeting.
The BJP’s “hatred and corruption” were defeated in the Assembly elections, he added, by the Karnataka people.
“I had said we don’t make false promises. We do what we say. The first cabinet meeting of the new government will take place in one to two hours. In that meeting, all the five ‘guarantees’ will become a law,” Gandhi said after the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister.
These guarantees are: 200 units of free power to all households (Gruha Jyoti), Rs 2,000 monthly assistance to the woman head of every family (Gruha Lakshmi), 10 kg of rice free to every member of a BPL household (Anna Bhagya), Rs 3,000 every month for unemployed graduate youth and Rs 1,500 for unemployed diploma holders (both in the age group of 18-25) for two years (YuvaNidhi) and free travel for women in public transport buses (Shakti).
Political analysts said that the ‘guarantees’ promise resonated with the electorate during the campaign, especially women, and was a major factor in the Congress’ stunning success in the Assembly elections.
Gandhi said that the Congress triumphed in the election because it had “truth and the backing of poor people” on its side, as opposed to the BJP’s “money, power, and police.”
“However, the people defeated the BJP, their corruption and hatred in the election. As we had said in our Padayatra, love won and the hatred lost,” Gandhi said.
He also conveyed his gratitude to the Karnataka people for their unwavering support to the Congress.
“We understand the sufferings you underwent in the last five years. Media wrote about why the Congress won the election. Various analyses and various theories were floated. However, the reason for the victory was that the Congress stood by poor, weaker sections and backward communities, Dalits and tribals,” he said.
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