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Liar Liar: Modi Falsely Claims Congress Wants to Impose Taxes on Middle Class to Fund NYAY

Rahul Gandhi said earlier in Pune that for the scheme, "money won’t be taken from the middle class and income tax won’t be raised.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deluge of lies during poll season seems endless, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has attacked the Congress party’s minimum income guarantee scheme (NYAY) for the poor, saying the middle class will be taxed to alleviate poverty and it will lead to inflation.

The PM was speaking to BJP supporters in Orissa when he said, “Congress has planned to implement policy (NYAY) that will lead to inflation.”

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Modi added, “Senior leaders of Congress have been heard stating that the middle-class are selfish. They want to burden them with heavy taxes.”

On Friday, interacting with college students in Pune, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had categorically stated that the middle class will not be affected and taxes will not be raised.

Gandhi had said, “Money won’t be taken from the middle class and income tax won’t be raised.”

Here is a full video of the interaction.

Congress’ announcement of guaranteeing a minimum income of Rs 72,000 to the country’s poorest had rattled the BJP which is already facing criticism for anti-poor and anti-farmer policies.

A survey by BTVI has predicted that in a number of constituencies, the Congress would benefit from this poll promise. According to the analysis, in 90 out of 123 seats in 115 aspirational districts in the country, Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) could gain more than thrice the number of seats it won in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) numbers will drop from 60 to 31.

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