Just two days ahead of Lok Sabha polls in the state, fake forms of Congress party’s proposed NYAY scheme were circulated in Kota in Rajasthan. Videos had emerged on social media showing that Congress activists were fooling villagers in rural areas by distributing the forms among them. When the villagers went to the local government offices to submit the forms, they realised that the forms are fake. The forms have Rahul Gandhi’s photo and election symbol of Congress printed on it.
Now it has emerged that a Congress leader from Rajasthan had printed the forms, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi himself was aware of it. The forms were shown to Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot at an election rally in Kota on 25th April.
Rakhi Gautam, a Congress leader from Kota who had contested the 2018 assembly elections from South Kota, has posted some photographs from the rally. And in few of the photographs, it is clearly seen that she is showing the fake NYAY forms to Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot when they were sitting on the stage.
Comparing with the available image of the fake NYAY form with the images, it can be concluded that Rakhi Gautam is presenting the same form to Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot on the stage.
Rahul Gandhi is also seen holding a handwritten note along with the form, and now it is revealed that it is a note written by Rakhi Gautam addressed to the party leaders informing about the ‘prototype form’ she has printed.
A copy of the letter posted on Twitter by a Congress worker from Kota, who also posted some other photos which show both Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot reading copies of the form. In the letter written using five different coloured pens, Rakhi Gautam informs that she has prepared a ‘prototype form’ for the NYAY scheme. She also writes that around 50 thousand forms have been distributed by Congress workers in 12 villages under South Kota assembly constituency.
This makes it clear that although the forms were printed and distributed by the local Congress leader from South Kota, she had duly informed about the same to top leadership of the party. She was not prevented from distributing the forms, which means that the distribution of fake NYAY forms had the endorsement of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The same Congress worker has also posted a video of Rakhi Gautam responding to BJP’s attack on her over the form. Interestingly, she has not denied that she distributed the forms, instead, she has attacked BJP for their ‘jhumla’ and said that all eligible families in Kota will get benefits of the NYAY scheme in Rahul Gandhi becomes PM.