Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress-led UPA government of making false promises of providing jobs to unemployed youths.
“See the Congress manifesto, it says we will give jobs to people from each family. In 2009, they said one crore jobs will be given. Has it happened?” Mr. Modi asked a gathering at the Swami Vivekanand Youth Convention in Patan.
“Why are they cheating youths like this? If someone cheats, we cannot forgive...It is not our nature to cheat,” he said. Mr. Modi was reacting to state Congress unit’s announcement that it would provide jobs to 10 lakh youths in the state, if voted to power. Elections in Gujarat are scheduled later this year.
“The government in Delhi is cheating the youths of Gujarat, while we are bringing industrial development in the state,” the Chief Minister said.
“As per GoI survey estimates, 72 per cent of jobs created in India are coming from Gujarat,” he said, adding, “Please don’t have expectations from Delhi.” “Over 3.5 lakh people have got jobs in last one decade rule of Gujarat government. One lakh more will get jobs,” he said.
If any youth wishes to start his own venture, the Gujarat government will back him by providing bank loans, Mr. Modi announced. “These are not small decisions. It’s not my courage but the faith I have in you. Our youngsters will not do wrong...I have the faith,” he said.