PM Modi says opposition alliance will fail, clears air on jobs data

  • | Friday | 8th February, 2019

Facing criticism over lack of job creation by his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday rejected allegations of rising unemployment and said crores of new jobs have been created in formal and unorganised sectors in the last four and half years. 

Taking a swipe at the opposition alliance against his party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament that the people of the country did not want a “Mahamilavat” (highly adulterated) government of leaders who assembled at a rally in Kolkata and hence the opposition alliance won’t be successful in the 2019 polls. “People have seen the work a government with an absolute majority can do and they have seen the work of this government,” Modi said. 

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With his government under fire over unemployment figures, Modi countered the charge of the Opposition and said more than 630,000 new professionals who are non-corporate taxpayers have filed tax returns in the past four years, and these people give jobs to others. 

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The opposition parties, which have accused him of destroying institutions, were the ones who engaged in such activities, Modi said in his response to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, underscoring the aggressive line of attack that the PM and the ruling BJP are adopting in their campaign for 2019 polls. 

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 The PM compared 55 years of Congress rule with his 55 months in power, saying his government had worked at greater speed in that period. 

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Although the Prime Minister cited EPFO and other supplementary data to back up his claim of job creation, economists have frequently said failure to release the NSSO report was the latest sign of a complete lack of transparency regarding jobs data.

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