26 October, 2020

Congress Is At Its Most Alliance-Friendly This Election: Praveen Chakravarty

Praveen Chakravarty, chairman of Congress' data analytics department, speaks to Outlook on Balakot, party's' NYAY scheme and alliances.

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Congress Is At Its Most Alliance-Friendly This Election: Praveen Chakravarty

NYAY is not an empty election idea like the Rs 15 lakh promise made by the BJP in 2014, and data shows that the Balakot airstrikes will not change voter preference. Praveen Chakravarty, chairman of the data analytics department of the Congress, tells Bhavna Vij-Aurora.

The PM went on air to ann­ounce the success of India’s anti-satellite capability. Is this a response to NYAY, the minimum income support scheme that the Congress has announced?

It’s surely a diversionary tactic at this point, from real issues like unemployment and rural distress. It’s also a move aimed at retaining the party’s core constituency. In many places, including UP, the BJP is at risk of losing that.

NYAY is one of our ambitious programmes. We have been working with economists and experts for the past few weeks and there is a lot of interest in it.

Is NYAY comparable to MNREGA in terms of its scope?

Yes, in some ways, as it will have as much of an impact. Questions...



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