A Public Interest Litigation or PIL was filed in the Allahabad High Court on Friday against Congress's "Nyuntam Aay Yojana" or 'Nyay' scheme, which the party has mentioned in its manifesto.
Under the 'Nyay' scheme, through which the Congress has promised a minimum income guarantee to the poor, the party has promised that it will give Rs 72,000 per year to 20 per cent of India's poorest if the party emerged victorious in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
The petitioners have contended that such a poll promise amounted to bribery and that it violated the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
The high court has issued a notice to the Congress party seeking a reply within 10 days. The next hearing has been scheduled for May 13.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had claimed that his party's 'Nyay' scheme would be a "surgical strike" against poverty and that it would not harm the country's economy.
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