Speaking at an event commemorating the 106th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Shivakumar warned that the BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) might revoke the guarantee schemes if they come to power, as they have opposed them in the past.
Karnataka: Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “hijacking” the Congress party’s guarantee schemes to gain an advantage in the ongoing elections in five states. Speaking at an event commemorating the 106th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Shivakumar warned that the BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) might revoke the guarantee schemes if they come to power, as they have opposed them in the past.
Highlighting the significance of the guarantee schemes, Shivakumar urged party workers to raise awareness about their benefits. He emphasized that these schemes, providing benefits of up to ₹5,000 per month to each family, are crucial for millions of people and asserted that the Congress government would continue to support them.
Shivakumar announced the formation of a committee to conduct a survey on guarantee schemes on the Foundation Day of Congress, celebrated on November 28. He praised Indira Gandhi for introducing numerous pro-people guarantee schemes during her tenure as the Prime Minister, including midday meals in Anganwadis.
The Deputy CM credited Indira Gandhi with creating a new country on the world map by supporting Bangladesh’s fight for freedom when attacked by Pakistan. He also mentioned that a book on Indira Gandhi, written by Sonia Gandhi, would soon be published in Kannada.
Indira Gandhi, born on November 19, 1917, served as the third Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 until her assassination on October 31, 1984. Recognized as the country’s first and only female prime minister, she played a central role in Indian politics and left a lasting legacy.