Race to the finale: PM Modi's Kisan VS Rahul Gandhi's NYAY

In rural Uttar Pradesh, and in the country, it's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Kisan" versus Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's "NYAY", with voters balancing in on the Congress's Rs. 72,000 a year income top-up guarantee for India's poor against the BJP's already enforced scheme of sending Rs. 2,000 to the bank accounts of small peasants in three installments in a year.
In Uttar Pradesh, one of the extensive beneficiaries of the PM's Kisan scheme, Indresh Kumari, a 30-year-old marginal farmer who lives on the periphery of Lucknow, will get Rs. 2,000 under the BJP scheme.
But Indresh is also an attainable beneficiary of the Congress's NYAY scheme - the party says the money will go into the bank accounts of women in every family.
"I believe Modi more. I see him a lot on TV and it looks that whatever he is saying and doing is true. Rahul Gandhi and his assurances... I don't know too much about them," gibe Indresh when asked which scheme she prefers or which leader gives her more confidence.
One striking feature on the ground is this - because the BJP handled to enforce PM's Kisan scheme before the election code came into force, it has got more hype in rural areas. The Congress may have guaranteed a larger sum to a larger section of people, but advertising NYAY on the ground remains a challenge.
The government says a crore out of 1.5 crore peasants in BJP-run Uttar Pradesh have got Rs.2,000 as part of the Modi government's scheme. But there's no validation of any farmer in Madhya Pradesh has got the money. This is a big issue for the BJP's poll politicks in a state as crucial as Madhya Pradesh, which has 29 Lok Sabha seats.
A senior government official told NDTV they don't have a list of small and marginal farmers, so fund transfer orders have only been transferred for only 5,000 farmers till March 31 this year. The officer said he doesn't know whether the payments under the Kisan scheme have gone to farmers in Madhya Pradesh yet or not.
In contrast, Chief Minister Kamal Nath is heading the publicity campaign for the Congress's counter plan - the income guarantee campaign assured NYAY.

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