New Delhi: Taking a jibe at the Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s earlier suggestion for the unemployed youth in India to sell pakodas which serves as a means of self-employment, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav today said that the remark implies the inefficiency of the government in fulfilling promises. And regarding the recent remark made by Amit Shah that the BJP is here to stay for the next 50 years, he said that it implied there will be no elections in the country again.
“Modiji promised two crore jobs every year, but now he says fry pakodas,” Mr Yadav told the audience at the NDTV Yuva, a special youth conclave. “We say okay, we are ready, but could you at least give us Rs. 1-2 lakh of the Rs. 15 lakh you promised so we can set up a thela? But he’s not ready.”
“Anyway, the question is: If two crore people start frying pakodas, who will eat them?” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vowed that it would deposit Rs. 15 lakh in the account of every Indian citizen once the NDA is voted to power in the country. But, despite the party’s attempts several times that the promise was a “metaphor” did not satisfy the opposition parties.
The main aim of the united opposition, according to Mr. Yadav, was to devoid the forces in the country to snatch power to turn it into an autocratic country. “They want to end reservation. There is a possibility that if Modiji is picked again, India will never again have an election,” he said.
However, Mr. Yadav was seen mostly targeting the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his speech, as he considers the him to have betrayed his father, Lalu Prasad.
“We thought Nitishji had understood his mistake (on allying with the BJP to win power in Bihar) and we decided to support him. We did not doubt him. But then he flipped,” said Mr Yadav.
The RJD leader asserted his firmness in his resolve to never again in the future partner with Mr. Kumar’s Janata Dal (United). “Nitishji doesn’t have any credibility. A person who can give four governments in four years, a man who loves his chair more than the people, how can we go with him again?” he asked, referring to recent news reports that the Bihar chief minister has expressed willingness to join his party with the RJD again.
“My father supported Nitishji even though he launched cases against him. Maybe I don’t have a large heart like his,” added Mr Kumar.
Mr Yadav, however, did not express any kind of disapproval to any of the issues with election strategist Prashant Kishor joining the JD(U) earlier today. “I welcome him. More people should take up politics,” he said.