Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the Narendra Modi government’s policies have led to the loss of crores of jobs and appealed to people to make the Modi government “listen to their voice” as part of the Congress’s social media campaign “Speak Up for Jobs”.
“The policies of Modi government have caused the loss of crores of jobs and a historic fall in GDP. It has crushed the future of India’s youth. Let’s make the Govt. listen to their voice,” Mr. Gandhi said.
The party has also demanded that the government bring in Nyuntam Aay Yojana [NYAY] a minimum income guarantee scheme extending financial help of ₹6,000 per month to poor families for the next one year. The NYAY scheme was part of the Congress’ 2019 general election manifesto.
In a video message, Mr Gandhi further alleged that the BJP government works only for a select few. He also sought to remind the government that he had predicted way back in February, before the COVID-19 crisis hit, that the country was staring at an economic disaster. He said he had advised the government on a three step revival process. First to introduce NYAY, second to protect the medium & small industries and third to safeguard the strategic industries.
“Instead of listening to my advice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave 15-20 of his close friends loan waiver worth several lakh crores and tax relief. Today, I want to tell the Prime Minister, the Indian youth is looking at you, you have destroyed the Indian economy and their future,” Mr. Gandhi said.
He further questioned Mr. Modi’s silence on the state of economy and the extended tension with the Chinese army at the Line of Actual Control.
“India is like a ship travelling the ocean with the captain staring into the rear-view mirror of history. It’s going nowhere really fast. It won’t be long before the ship runs aground,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the promise was of providing two crore jobs every year and claimed that instead of providing 12 crore jobs in six years, 14 crore jobs were “snatched away”. The youth has now woken up and demands an answer, he said.