Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday cited a remark by Union minister Nitin Gadkari about the paucity of jobs in India to slam the Narendra Modi government over its “unfulfilled” pre-electoral promise of employment generation.
Speaking on the Maratha community’s demand for reservation in jobs, Gadkari had told reporters in Aurangabad on Saturday that allotting quotas cannot solve India’s unemployment problem. “Let us assume that reservation is given… But even in banks, jobs have shrunk because of IT. Government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?” he asked.
To this, Gandhi responded by tweeting: “Excellent question Gadkariji. Every Indian is asking the same question.” He also tagged a media report carrying the Union minister’s remarks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to provide two crore jobs to Indians if voted to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but Opposition parties have accused him of failing to create even a fraction of that number.
In his interaction with the media, Gadkari asserted that the ‘backward’ tag had become something that most communities across the country wanted to claim. “Everyone says I am backward. Brahmins in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are strong, and (they) dominate politics too. But even they say they are backward,” he quipped.