New Delhi — Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has vowed a “final assault on poverty” in India if elected prime minister in May, promising a minimum income for tens of millions of the country’s poorest people. On Monday. the Congress Party leader, broadly seen as trailing the incumbent Narendra Modi in the race for top office, described the scheme to pay 50-million Indians a guaranteed basic income of $1,000 a year as the largest of its kind on Earth. The sop to voters comes less than three weeks before Indians start casting their ballots in mammoth elections that stretch nearly six weeks until May 19. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party routed Congress at the last general election in 2014. His supporters hope the Hindu nationalist leader can deliver another crushing victory. But Gandhi is trying to close the gap, promising among other things a safety net for Indians living beneath the poverty line in the world’s second-most populous country. “People have suffered in the last five years. We w...

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