All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unemployment in the country by making a joke. He said he met a young man in a hotel who used a joke to explain his life situation.
“Main jis ladki se shaadi karna chahta hun, usne mujhse aa kar kaha ki ‘aapki sarkari naukri kablagegi, papa ladka dhund rahe hain (The girl I want to marry asked me when will you get a government job? My father is looking for a groom),’ Mr Owaisi quoted the man as telling him at a meeting on Tuesday.
According to Mr Owaisi, the man said to his girlfriend, “Modi sarkar par bharosa mat karo, tum shadi kar lo’ (Don’t trust the Modi government, you are getting married),” Owaisi added while quoting the man, while saying pranked PM Modi about the lack of government jobs in the country.
Looking forward to the “reduced” number of jobs to be provided until 2024, compared to the jobs announced during the BJP campaign for the 2014 general election, the AIMIM chief said, “PM Modi had promised to provide 2 crore jobs to be given in 2014. It has been eight years, now he says 10 lakh jobs will be given until 2024. So far 16 crore jobs should have been given. Now he has reduced it to 10 lakh jobs.”
AIMIM is contesting 14 seats in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls for which the party released the names of 14 candidates.
Trying to gain some voter share, the party is attacking the government over unemployment and the recent Morbi bridge collapse incident, which killed more than 130 people.
Owaisi on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold the ruling party accountable for the Morbi Bridge accident.
Speaking at a public meeting in Ahmedabad, Mr. Owaisi said, “If BJP takes credit for making Gujarat, they should also tell us who is responsible for making Morbi bridge where 140 people died due to collapse. But still , the company’s rich people are not caught PM Modi, why do you like rich people?”
The Morbi incident came weeks before the announcement of elections in the state earlier this month, sparking speculation of a political setback for the state’s ruling BJP.
Last week, Mr. Owaisi was greeted with “Modi-Modi” chants and black flags as he campaigned for his party candidate from East Surat constituency in the upcoming Gujarat parliamentary elections.
Videos that went viral on social media showed the youths waving black flags in a sign of protest against the AIMIM chief in the city. However, Mr Owaisi ignored the protest and appealed to people to support his party in the upcoming parliamentary elections at the rally.
The elections for the 182-member Assembly of Parliament will take place in two phases on 1 and 5 December. Vote counting will begin on December 8.
In Gujarat, the ruling BJP has been in power for more than 27 years and is seeking its seventh term.
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