Gandhi hit out at Narendra Modi citing a media report which claimed that the employment scenario turned bleak in the past year with almost 11 million Indians losing their jobs.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Narendra Modi over reported job losses last year, saying the prime minister who had promised two crore jobs every year was still singing the “tune of rhetoric”.
The report cited data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).
“Breaking! 1 crore 10 lakh jobs were lost in 2018. The prime minister, who promised two crore jobs to the youth every year, is still singing ‘Raag Jumla’ (tune of rhetoric),” Gandhi said in a Facebook post in Hindi.
“If Modi ji had worked for the country instead of helping Anil Ambani loot, then the future of the youth would not have been so insecure,” he added.
The Congress has accused the government of favouring Anil Ambani’s firm in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. However, the government, as well as Ambani, have rejected all the allegations.
The Congress president had earlier attacked the prime minister over the condition of farmers, alleging that on one hand Modi is not waiving their loans and on the other he is giving a “license of loot” to his “suit-boot friends”.
Earlier on Friday Rahul Gandhi said he put two questions to the Defence minister towards the end of the debate and asked her to reply in yes or no.
While the Defence Minister claimed that in the deal worked out by the UPA Government, 18 planes were to be supplied off the shelf, the Modi government had doubled the number to 36 planes to be bought off the shelf.
But she did not explain why the UPA’s arrangement to have 108 Rafale planes to be manufactured in India was jettisoned.
No answer has been to the question why a deal to supply 126 fighter planes was reduced to 36 fighter planes.
While the Defence Minister admitted that Prime Minister Modi had done a bypass surgery, she would not respond to the question if Defence ministry officials had objected to the bypass surgery.
“I asked that after a long negotiation process, those people who participated in that negotiations — Air Force chief, defence minister, secretaries, Air Force officials — when the prime minister did a ‘bypass surgery’… did the Air Force people object, yes or know,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“And you saw that instead of answering this, the defence minister started doing drama that ‘I have been insulted, I was called a liar’,” he said.
It was a straight question and without answering that she “ran away”, the Congress chief said.
“The PM cannot come (to Parliament), and the chief minister of Goa is saying I have a file and I will get back at the PM. She gave a two-and-a-half hour speech and did not answer any questions,” Rahul Gandhi said