To lure young and middle class voters, Congress is considering a proposal to exempt those under the age of 35 from paying income tax in its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, according to a report.
A decision has not been taken as yet on whether the party will include the proposal in its manifesto. The idea was discussed during a meeting of the party’s top leaders earlier this month, according to a report.
“Nothing concrete has come out on that front but yes the idea to not tax those under 35 was briefly discussed at the meeting,” a source was quoted.
The Congress has reportedly estimated that around 15 million first-time voters will cast their votes in the next general election and that the tax sop will appeal to these young voters.
Discussions on various proposals for the party’s 2019 election manifesto have already begun. Congress will also use crowd-sourcing while formulating its manifesto, reported.
Congress had held meetings with various segments of the population during the assembly polls in Gujarat and Karnataka, and will reportedly be taking up a similar exercise in the coming months under Indian Overseas Congress Chairman Sam Pitroda.>