A lot of Indians spent most of the weekend gone, mocking Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari’s statement of how there are no jobs and then voicing their concern on how accurate his words were.
Minister Gadkari on August 4 was battling questions by reporters regarding agitations by the Marathas for reservation and similar demands made by other communities in Maharashtra.
Once prodded, Gadkari said reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking. “Let’s 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?”
“The problem with the quota is that backwardness is becoming a political interest. Everyone says I am backward. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins are strong. They dominate politics, (and) they say they are backward,” Gadkari added.
Picking apart his statement, the ever quick to respond twitterati, including the President of Congress Party Rahul Gandhi, applauded Gadkari’s statement and appreciated the government in power finally realising its failure in providing jobs. Hashtags like #ModiHataoDeshBachao, #WhereAreTheJobs, #KyaHuaTeraVada trended overnight and the aam aadmi of the nation reverted the question to Modi Sarkar, “where are the jobs?”
Joining the crowd in questioning the Union Minister’s “no jobs” remark, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the NaMo government. Gandhi tweeted saying, “Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question.”
Twitter users are now waiting for PM Modi to break his silence and either refute the statements made by his ministers or accept that his government has failed to fulfil its promises.
While defending Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Gadkari has supported the former’s efforts and asked the media to believe that Fadnavis is trying his best to provide a solution to the quota demand.
Excellent question Gadkari Ji.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2018
— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) August 6, 2018
Rubbishing Modi's claim about having provided jobs,Gadkari says, “Let’s 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?” Arre Modiji?! https://t.co/YnzvINNPan
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) August 5, 2018
#Where are the jobs? Jobs are declining instead of creating. More than 600 jobs being lost everyday & more than12 crore youth are unemployed. Job created in d last 2 years not more than 1.35 lakh each year. Very discouraging whereas ruling party promised to create 2 crore jobs.
— SHARAD YADAV (@SharadYadavMP) August 6, 2018