In Rajasthan rally, Rahul Gandhi slams PM on jobs, but skirts CAA

JAIPUR: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused PM Modi of destroying India’s image and scaring away investors, and urged the youth to not let their voice be suppressed. Addressing the ‘Yuva Aakrosh’ rally in Jaipur, Rahul, however, refrained from speaking directly against CAA, but lashed out at the Modi government for failing to generate jobs for the youth. Coming down heavily on the Modi government’s promise of creating 2 crore jobs every year, he claimed that 1-crore people had lost their jobs the past year alone. “Where are the 12 crore jobs of six years,” he asked. “Modi gives long speeches on CAA, NRC and NPR but prefers to remain silent on unemployment,” he said. “The growth rate during UPA’s tenure stood at 9%, which has now fallen to below 5%, according to the new parameters for calculating GDP (gross domestic product). If we calculate it as per the earlier parameters, it will be around 2.5%,” he added. Urging the youth not to let their voices be suppressed, the former Congress chief encouraged them to ask questions on employment and the country’s future. Rahul said India was known as a country of peace and harmony, often cited as a contrast to Pakistan. But the image is now tarnished and businessmen are wary of investing, he claimed. “PM Modi has destroyed India’s reputation in the world. Today, India is known as the rape capital, but Modi does not talk about this,” he said.. When the youth raise questions over unemployment and ask Modi why he “destroyed” India’s image, they “are answered with bullets and are suppressed”, Rahul remarked. The growth rate during UPA’s tenure stood at 9%, which has now fallen to below 5%, according to the new parameters for calculating GDP.

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