New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that if his party is voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, it would accord the status of ‘martyr’ to those paramilitary jawans, who lose their lives in the line of duty. Gandhi assured this while interacting with university students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. He asserted that he is very close to the paramilitary personnel as the officials in his security belong to paramilitary.

“Paramilitary forces don’t get martyr’s status when they lay down their lives. If we form the government, we will give the status of martyrs to those paramilitary soldiers who lay down their lives in the line of duty,” Gandhi said, while responding to a question posed by one of the PhD students.

He added,”Casualty is more in the case of paramilitary forces. But they don’t have that much of infrastructure and support to them is not much. They should get the status of martyrs and they will get it.”

Notably, the demand to grant the tag of martyr to paramilitary soldiers has been raised in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. A two-minute silence was also observed in honour of the CRPF jawans martyred in the deadly incident on February 14.

Meanwhile, Gandhi, at the event, also fired a fresh salvo at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that the government “did not want to accept” that there was a “job crisis” in the country.

“In a county of over 1.2 billion people, and India is creating about 450 jobs per 24 hours while China is creating 50,000 jobs in the same 24 hours,”he said, claiming, “these are not my figures, but of the Finance Ministry given in Lok Sabha”.

He alleged,”Our prime minister doesn’t seem to think this is a problem. We need to first acknowledge that there is a problem, and then we need to galvanise support to fight it. That is what we (Congress) believe in.”