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BJP accuses Cong of mortgaging future of young India

NEW DELHI, Jan 19, 2013, DHNS : 1:26 IST
The growing “Rahul for PM” chorus at the Jaipur conclave prompted the BJP to remark on Saturday that the Congress is doing chintan for Rahul’s future instead of a young India whose fate has been mortgaged by massive corruption in the UPA government.

“There is a debate within the Congress about giving a bigger role to Rahul Gandhi but not about bigger responsibility. Is this a concern for the youth or a concern for Rahul Gandhi,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prasad said that a party colleague has coined a slogan, “Rahul, Sonia, Manmohan, no vacancy in 2014,” which aptly sums up the parties fate in the next Lok Sabha polls.

“The primary concern of the young, educated and aspirational people is to get meaningful employment. Unemployment has risen under the UPA rule. Kindly explain to the nation how, given the reality of the country today, you plan to respond to the concerns of a young India,” Prasad asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The principal opposition party felt astonished over the Congress waking up to the aspirations of the youth after spending nine years in office. “Is it because elections are a year away?” asked Prasad. He said the employment record of the UPA was poor in comparison to the NDA regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“I would like to know from Soniaji, when there is massive corruption in the UPA, you are mortgaging the future of the youth,” he charged. “This is important as 51 per cent of the population is below 25 years of age and 65 per cent is below 35 years,” he remarked.

When asked whether the BJP should comment on the internal matters of the Congress, the spokesperson said it was the right and responsibility of the opposition party to ask questions on statements made by them.

Prasad said UPA leaders should also take notice of the fact that good governance has become a casualty in the last nine years. The GDP is stuck at 5.3 per cent, industrial production, manufacturing, import and export are at a dismal level.

But under similar conditions the BJP-ruled states, including Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, are growing at 10 per cent, he added.

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