- It seems like only yesterday that PM Modi was elected as PM
- However, the BJP has already begun focusing on 2019 general election.
- A source told Asianet Newsable that the BJP was even considering cash deposits.
If sources are to be believed, Karnataka families officially designated as 'Below Poverty Line' (BPL) will become richer by Rs 25,000 in a year's time.
A source close to RSS circles told Asianet Newsable that a plan is being considered to promise a deposit of Rs 25,000 into every BPL account.
The scheme, if adopted, is in line with the BJP's promise during the 2014 general election, when BJP said it would bring back black money and give it to the public in instalments.
As the public has expressed extreme dissatisfaction towards the national party after the note ban and a rumoured cap on withdrawals and gold, BJP top brass certainly hopes to capture everyone's imagination by 2019.
"As a large number of BPL voters tend to be the deciding factor in elections, to attract them towards the BJP has carefully drafted plans. Depositing the amount in BPL accounts is one of plans on the agenda," said the source.
If the said amount is deposited in phases, it will certainly attract a lot of publicity.
"The account holders may praise the party for its initiative to deliver on its promise made during the 2014 elections," said another source.
However, the opposition was unimpressed by these leaks. Criticising the idea of such a move, Karnataka Congress Working President, Dinesh Gundu Rao, pointed out that the notion, even if it were implemented, would require over Rs 2 lakh crore.
"If they withdraw many other announced schemes and concentrate only on this aspect, they will be able to deposit (the money), but this will not happen as printing of new notes will take time. Also, to generate so much amount, it takes time. They will have to explain the ways and means of getting the money," said Rao.
Could this be the BJP's next big plan for 2019? Let's wait and see.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:33 PM