Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched his government’s mega scheme for 12 crore farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. Attacking to PM Modi’s this mega senior Congress leader P Chidambaram termed it as ''bribe for votes''. Chidambaram attack came hours before PM Modi launched the Rs. 75,000 crore scheme by digitally transferring the first instalment of Rs. 2,000 each to over one crore farmers.
P Chidambaram said the "greater shame" is that the Election Commission is unable to stop it.
"Today is the ''Cash for Vote'' day. The BJP government will officially give a bribe of Rs. 2000 per agricultural family to get their votes," Mr Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.
The money will go to the cultivating farmer as well as the absentee landlord.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) February 24, 2019
"Nothing can be more shameful in a democracy than ''Bribe for Votes''. The greater shame is that the Election Commission is unable to stop the ''Bribe for Votes''," he tweeted.
Reportedly, another 1 crore farmers are expected to be covered in the next two to three days. The BJP government had announced the PM-KISAN scheme in the interim Budget 2019-20. Under this scheme, 12 crore small and marginal farmers, holding land of up to two hectares will be paid Rs 6000 per year in 3 instalments.
PM Modi will also distribute certificates among selected farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme and interact with those selected beneficiaries through video conferencing at the Gorakhpur event. PM Modi also plans to lay foundation stones and dedicate various development projects to the nation on the occasion.
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