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Modi didn’t keep promise of giving jobs to 2 crore youth in a year: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi criticises the Narendra Modi government at a Congress rally in Mumbai, says

Updated: Jun 12, 2018 19:28:41

By Agencies, Agencies, Mumbai

Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the media outside a court at Bhiwandi in Thane on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not keep his assurance of providing jobs to two crore youth in a year.

Addressing a Congress workers’ rally in Mumbai, Gandhi also targeted the Modi government on a range of issues, as he tried to enthuse the party’s booth-level workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections, Gandhi said.

The Congress leader observed that China has been providing jobs to 50,000 youth per 24 hours. “However, the BJP-led government gives jobs to 450 youth in the same span,” he said.

“(Modi had said) the prime minister will give jobs to 2 crore youth in a year. And in the Lok Sabha, his minister said unemployment is the highest in last eight years in India,” Gandhi said.

“The BJP-led government wrote off Rs 2.5 lakh crore loans of India’s richest 15-20 people but a similar demand by farmers to waive off their debt was ignored,” he said.

“(Union finance minister Arun) Jaitley ji says it is not their policy to waive of loans taken by farmers,” Gandhi said.

On the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the Congress president said it is the farmers who ensured ‘Make in India’ happens through their blood and sweat.

“Farmers will compete with China if you strengthen them a little bit,” Gandhi said.

Earlier, the Congress leader slammed Modi for “not talking” about employment for youth and farmers and said his fight was against the government’s policies.

Gandhi, who appeared before a court in Bhiwandi town here in connection with a defamation case filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker, also dared the BJP and the RSS to slap as many cases on him as they wanted to.

The Congress president said the Congress “had contested against Vajpayee ji but when he is ill now I went to meet him on priority because I am a soldier of Congress”.

“Vajpayee Ji had worked for our country and we respect him as he was the Prime Minister. This is our culture,” Gandhi said.

The former Prime Minister, who was admitted to AIIMS for a urinary tract infection, is stable and will continue to be hospitalised till his infection is controlled, said Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday.


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