Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu had launched ambitious Pasupu-Kumkuma and Annadaata Sukheebhava schemes just before the 2019 elections. He had transferred money to the beneficiaries and had even issued post-dated cheques to the beneficiaries to escape the Election Code. That was all with an eye on the elections.
Chandrababu Naidu had promised Rs 10,000 to every women member of the Self-Help Groups and had issued three post-dated cheques to them for an amount of Rs 2,500, Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000, to be paid in three instalments. The beneficiaries were paid the first and second instalments, but the third instalment had some technical problem.
The TDP chief had also promised Rs 10,000 for farmers under Annadaata Sukheebhava scheme and had issued post-dated cheques to them. The first instalment of Rs 1000 was paid to them just before the elections. Though his 2014 promise of loan waiver was not completed and the last two instalments are still to be paid, Chandrababu Naidu roped in this new scheme with an eye on elections.
While neither of the schemes have paid him back, he is now under the Supreme Court scanner as a case was filed. Social activist and Jana Sena leader Pentapati Pullarao had filed a case in the Supreme Court against the Chandrababu Naidu government rolling out financial benefits just before the elections to influence the voters. He had also dragged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching Kisan Samman scheme.
The case was admitted for hearing by a bench of Supreme Court headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi. The bench had served notices to the State and the Central governments, Election Commission seeking their answer. It is to be seen if Andhra Pradesh government gives an adverse report on the scheme, the court might find fault with Chandrababu Naidu for rolling out the scheme just before the elections to influence the voters. It is to be seen what turn this case would take as the court starts hearing.