Siddaramaiah Hits Out at PM Modi on His Birthday, Calls it 'National Unemployment Day'
File photo of Congress leader and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.
Reacting to Siddaramaiah's tweet, the state BJP asked the Leader of Opposition in the assembly to wake up from his 'sleep of convenience' and see that the world has been devastated by COVID-19.
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Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday on Thursday, Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the youth of India have decided to celebrate September 17 as 'National Unemployment day' as 14 crore people allegedly lost their jobs in the past six months. Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to hit out at Modi alleging job losses in the country.
"More than 2 crore salaried jobs and 12 crore overall jobs have been lost in the last 6 months. Unemployment rate reached 45 years high due to decisions of the Narendra Modi government," said Siddaramaiah. Running a hashtag of National Unemployment Day, Siddaramaiah said, "To honour his achievement, disheartened unemployed youths have decided to celebrate this day as National Unemployment Day." He appealed to the Prime Minister on "This #NationalUnemploymentDay", to create adequate jobs to address the ongoing crisis.
This crisis will create huge demographic dividend problems wasting precious years of the youths of India, Siddaramaiah said. Reacting to Siddaramaiah's tweet, the state BJP asked the Leader of Opposition in the assembly to wake up from his 'sleep of convenience' and see that the world has been devastated by COVID-19.
In a tweet, the party said, "Wake up from your 'sleep of convenience' and look around. You will see that the World has been devastated by #COVID19 pandemic. Why are you holding PM @narendramodi responsible for the unemployment of your party youngster @RahulGandhi?"
IYC, NSUI mark Modi's birthday as 'National Unemployment Day'
\The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) also marked Modi's 70th birthday as 'national unemployment day'.
IYC National President Srinivas B.V. said that the wrong policies of the central government have made the youth of the country unemployed.
He said, due to this, unemployment in the country is continuously increasing. "That is why today the IYC celebrated Modi's birthday as national unemployment day to attract the government's attention towards rising unemployment," the IYC leader said.
Targeting the Prime Minister, the IYC leader said, "Modiji, Parliament is yours right now ,but the roads are still with us." He said, Modi came to power promising to provide employment to two crore people every year but instead of giving jobs, demonetisation, GST and lockdown snatched the jobs of 120 million youth.
Meanwhile, NSUI observed Modi's birthday by selling 'pakodas'. NSUI volunteers sold 'pakodas' to send a message to the government that the educated youth of the country are suffering due to unemployment under this government.
NSUI President Neeraj Kundan slammed the government for destroying the economy. He said, "This is the first time in the history of independent India that young Indians are forced to observe a Prime Minister's birthday as national unemployment day."
Kundan said that the unemployment rate is at a 45-year high, but Modi doesn't care. "The Prime Minister conducts 'Mann ki Baat' every month but he has never spoken about unemployment. This is because it is Ambani-Adani's 'Mann ki Baat' and not the one of the youth and students of India," he added.