Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Photo Credit: ANI)
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of providing employment to the youth and said that the country cannot progress without employment. "These speeches that Narendra Modi is giving right now, six months later, he won’t be able to step out of his house. The youth of India will hit him so hard that it will make him realise that without giving the youth employment, this country cannot progress (Ye jo Narendra Modi bhashan de raha hai, 6 mahine baad ye ghar se bahar nahi nikal payega. Hindustan ke yuva isko aisa danda marenge, isko samjha denge ki Hindustan ke yuva ko rozgar diye bina ye desh aage nahi badh sakta)," Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by ANI.
Gandhi claimed that the unemployment rate in India is at 45 years high and every youth of the country is asking for jobs. “Unemployment rate in India is at a 45 years high but nothing was spoken about it in Budget 2020 or Presidential address by Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman. Each and every youth of the country is asking for jobs. This is the reality,” Gandhi said after addressing a rally in poll-bound Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress in Delhi: Unemployment rate in India is at a 45 years high but nothing was spoken about it in Budget or Presidential address by Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman. Each and every youth of the country is asking for jobs. This is the reality. pic.twitter.com/xZ8SyAraa6— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2020
He also said that the politics of the prime minister and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal revolved around hate, and their only strategy was to divide people.
Addressing a rally in east Delhi’s Kondli ahead of the February 8 Assembly polls, Gandhi said it was the Congress’s 15-year tenure (1998-2013) in the national capital that gave the city its modern infrastructure such as the metro service.
“The politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal revolves around hatred. The only funda (strategy) of Modi and Kejriwal is to divide people,” he said. At another rally in Chandni Chowk, Gandhi said the biggest fear of the youth today is unemployment.
“He (Modi) takes advantage of that fear. He does not want the youth to get employment because that acts as oxygen for his politics,” Gandhi said.
Taking a dig at the BJP, he said patriotism was to fight with the British and make India prosperous through white revolution, green revolution, information and technology revolution.
“Now, the real patriotism is to provide employment to the youth and I will fulfill it,” the Congress leader said.
Slamming Home Minister Amit Shah, he exhorted the people not to listen to his speech as its nothing but “trash”. He also said the speeches of Modi and Kejriwal were nothing but “lies”.
Recalling the Congress rule under Sheila Dikshit, he said the late three-time chief minister never complained or gave excuses as Kejriwal.
With PTI Inputs