Congress Hail BJP Minister Nitin Gadkari For Saying, 'Where Are The Jobs?'

| August 6 , 2018 , 11:27 IST

The Congress party, along with other Opposition parties, have regularly targeted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government over lack of jobs in the nation. The Congress on Monday hailed Union Minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari for his statement 'where are the jobs' which he had said in reference to the Maratha reservation demands.

From the official handle, the Congress tweeted, "We applaud Nitin Gadkari for being the first BJP Minister to speak the truth and courageously raise the question that we and the people of India have been asking, #WhereAreTheJobs?"

In another tweet, the Congress compared the promise made by the BJP government when it came into power to create 2 crore jobs every year along with the 'Where are the jobs' statement made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi termed it as an excellent question and said, "Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question."

Amidst the Maratha community in Maharashtra conducting extended protests demanding reservation in jobs and education, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in the state's Aurangabad district on Sunday was quoted as saying that even if reservation is granted, there is a shortage of jobs.

“Let us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?” Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India said to PTI.

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He added, "So one school of thought is that a poor is poor, he has no caste, creed or language. Whatever may be the religion — the Muslim, the Hindu or the Maratha (a caste), in all communities there is one section which has no clothes to wear, no food to eat. One school of thought also is (that) we must also consider the poorest of the poor section in every community.”

In a tweet, later on, Union Minister Gadkari clarified that there is 'absolutely' no thinking at the central government to change the reservation criteria from caste based to economic condition based.

While many slammed the BJP over the lack of jobs and took Gadkari's statement as an inadvertent admission of the lack of jobs, others pointed out that Gadkari's statement referred to public sector jobs and not private sector.