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India's opposition Congress promises 72,000 rupees to poor if voted back

India's opposition Congress promises 72,000 rupees to poor if voted back
FILE PHOTO: Rahul Gandhi, President of India's main opposition Congress party, addresses his party's supporters during a public meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo   -   Copyright  Amit Dave(Reuters)
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NEWDELHI (Reuters) – India’s main opposition Congress party will give 72,000 rupees ($1,045/£792) a year to the country’s poorest families if it is voted back to power, its president said on Monday.

Describing it as a “final assault on poverty”, Congress President Rahul Gandhi told reporters in New Delhi that the scheme would benefit 250 million people.

Gandhi’s announcement comes ahead of India’s general election beginning April 11.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Krishna N. Das)

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