[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congress VP says anger building up in India against Modi government for failing to deliver on promise of generating employment
Days after he lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on its failure to resuscitate India’s economy while addressing students at the University of California, Berkeley, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, gave a back handed compliment to the Indian Premier over his Make-in-India campaign.
Interacting with students at the prestigious Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in New Jersey, Gandhi conceded that he appreciated Modi’s Make-in-India initiative but promptly qualified his praise by asserting that the scheme wasn’t targeting the right sector of India’s economy.
“I like the Make-in-India concept but they are not targeting whom they should. My implementation and focus would be slightly different,” the Congress vice president said, while adding: “PM Modi feels large businesses should be targeted. I feel medium and small companies should be targeted. That is where the jobs are going to come from.”
In a rare display of the political intellect that he is seldom credited to have, Gandhi used Modi’s flagship scheme to highlight how even a good program could fail to achieve desired results if it targets the wrong sector.
Gandhi used the Make-in-India scheme to underscore the government’s failure in creating jobs – a major promise that Modi and his BJP had made during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in 2014 – and said that “there is anger building up in India right now” over the Centre’s inability in creating employment opportunities.
Gandhi sought to draw a parallel between the elevation of Modi and India’s Prime Minister and Donald Trump as President of the United States by asserting that the aspiration of the youth to get proper employment is what contributed in a big way to the meteoric political rise of the two leaders.
“I think the central reason why Modi arose and to an extent why Trump came, is the question of jobs in India and in the US. There is a large part of our population that simply does not have jobs and cannot see a future. And, so they are feeling pain and have supported these type of leaders.”
The attack was in a way an escalation of what Gandhi had said at Berkeley a few days ago. “Currently, we are not producing enough jobs… 30,000 new youngsters are joining the job market every single day and yet the government is only creating 500 jobs a day. And this doesn’t include the massive pool of already unemployed youngsters,” Gandhi had said earlier.
On Tuesday, the Congress vice president added the facet of disenchantment among the youth against the Modi regime to his argument. “Those same people who got angry with us because we couldn’t deliver on those 30,000 jobs (a day) are going to get angry with Modi. The central question is resolving that problem. My main issue with Modi is that he diverts that issue and points the finger somewhere else instead of saying ‘listen we have a problem’,” Gandhi said.
The Congress vice president identified “the politics of polarisation” as a central challenge for India. “In the 21st century, if you leave some people out of your vision, you are asking for trouble. New ideas would come, new different visions would develop. So, to me, central challenge in India is politics of polarisation where you pit one community against other and you create spaces for other people to come in,” he said.
“There is a belt of 100 million tribal people who do not feel comfortable with the vision (of the BJP). There are a number of States in India, which don’t want a single vision forced down their throat. There are minority communities, they do not feel that they are the part of the vision. So that’s where the real danger is,” Gandhi added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Bihar caste census results: Greater population, greater rights is our pledge, says Rahul Gandhi
RJD president Lalu Yadav also issued a statement noting that the exercise will set the tone for nationwide caste census which will be undertaken when they form the next government at the Centre.
Nitish Kumar led Bihar government revealed caste survey results on Monday. The opposition including the Congress welcomed the results and urged the central government to conduct a similar exercise at the national level.
Speaking on the matter, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is also a vocal supporter of nationwide caste census, stated that Bihar’s survey revealed that 84 percent of the people in the state are Other Backward Classes (OBC’s), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribe (STs). He added that their rights should be provided based on their population.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote that out of 90 secretaries of the central government, only three are OBCs, who handle only 5 per cent of India’s budget. Therefore, it is important to know the caste statistics of India. He further mentioned that greater the population, the greater the rights and that it is their pledge.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the caste census results revealed the economic situation of the people belonging to different groups. He added that the census will help the government to take action in order to ascertain social justice and upliftment of all sections.
The Janata Dal (United) leader also called for an all-party meeting on Tuesday to share the details of Bihar caste census report and deliberate what further steps needed to be taken. Reports stated that nine parties are expected to participate in the meeting.
RJD president Lalu Yadav, who is Kumar’s ally also issued a statement noting that the exercise will set the tone for nationwide caste census which will be undertaken when they form the next government at the Centre.
Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh urged the centre to release the results of caste census. He added that holding caste-census has become essential for providing a firmer foundation for social empowerment programmes and for deepening social justice.
Madhya Pradesh: PM Modi lays foundation stone for projects worth Rs 19,000 crore in Gwalior
PM Modi underscored that the double engine government brought Madhya Pradesh among the top 10 states in terms of development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stones for projects worth more than Rs 19,000 crore in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Monday. Addressing a gathering in Gwalior, PM Modi said that their target is to ensure Madhya Pradesh emerges as one of the top three states, adding that the vote of the people of the state will help them achieve this goal.
He claimed that people who had 60 years could not bring development and always played with the sentiments of the poor and divided the society on the basis of caste. Asserting that the opposition have hatred towards growth because of their politics, PM Modi underlined that Madhya Pradesh has faith in the double engine government which means double development of the state.
He further noted that the next five years would be crucial for Madhya Pradesh’s development and that the double engine government is necessary in the state. He mentioned that nearly 2.25 lakh families will enter into their new homes before Dussehra, Dhanteras and Diwali this year in Madhya Pradesh.
The Prime Minister stated that under the government of vikas-virodhi (apparently referring to opposition), law and order collapses. He noted that beheading took place openly in Rajasthan. He asserted that in states ruled by the opposition, crime and corruption have increased.
PM Modi underscored that the double engine government brought Madhya Pradesh among the top 10 states in terms of development. In addition, he hailed that Gwalior-Chambal has given bravehearts for the security of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi further guaranteed that India will be one of the top three economies in the world in the next few years. The Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be carried out in Madhya Pradesh in or before November 2023. Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed a rally in poll bound Rajasthan.
Congress left no stone unturned to loot Rajasthan: PM Modi in Chittorgarh rally
PM Modi asserted that the paper leak mafia will be held accountable and will be given harshest punishment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the infighting of Congress in the state. He slammed the state government over multiple issues, including crime against women. He claimed that the Congress government in the state has left no stone unturned to loot Rajasthan.
Addressing a public rally in Chittorgarh in poll-bound Rajasthan, PM Narendra Modi stated that the state has decided to save themselves by bringing back the BJP government. He asserted that the Congress formed the government by misleading people but could not run it, adding that CM Gehlot was busy saving his chair, whereas half of the Congress leaders were actively trying to unseat him.
The Prime Minister further claimed that CM Ashok Gehlot has accepted defeat and is requesting BJP to not stop schemes. He assured that on coming to power in Rajasthan, BJP will not stop any public scheme but will try to improve it. He also accused the Ashok Gehlot led Congress government of destroying the state in the last five years by not taking adequate steps to combat crime against women.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed that it pains him that the state tops in the crime list. He continued that he is pained when atrocities take place against daughters anywhere in the country but Congress has made this a tradition in Rajasthan. He added that the message of people of Rajasthan has reached Congress leaders and that the Chief Minister is also aware that the countdown of Congress government’s farewell has begun.
Speaking on the alleged paper leak issue, PM Modi asserted that the paper leak mafia will be held accountable and will be given harshest punishment. He noted that they will go to the bottom of the paper leak matter and actions will be taken against those who have committed corruption and looted money of the poor.
While addressing the gathering in the poll bound Rajasthan, PM Modi underlined that they are witnessing how leaders of Congress alliance are issuing derogatory remarks about women. He claimed that the alliance is very angry with the Women’s Reservation Act and that they don’t want women to get their rights.
He remarked that there is only one face in elections and that is (Kamal) lotus. The 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be held in or before November.