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Nirupam, who was headed to the state secretariat, was not allowed to join his party members protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent remark that selling pakodas at a roadside stall is also employment. Also Read - 'Get Ready For Early Elections', Tweets Congress' Sanjay Nirupam as Political Drama in Maharashtra Heats up
PM Narendra Modi, in his interview with Zee News recently, had said, “If a man selling pakodas outside the Zee TV office takes home Rs 200 at the end of the day, is that not employment?” Also Read - Mahrashtra: Governor Should Invite NCP-Congress to Form Govt, Tweets Congress' Milind Deora; Sanjay Nirupam Contradicts
The Opposition led by the Congress has been trying to corner PM Modi and his party – the BJP – for rising unemployment in the country. The ‘pakoda politics’ even reached the Parliament when BJP president Amit Shah, in his first speech as the member of the Upper House, slammed former finance minister P Chidambaram.
“It is better to sell pakodas than remain jobless. Selling pakodas is not a matter of shame. It is a shame that P Chidambaram is comparing it with begging,” Amit Shah said with PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sitting beside him. (Also Read: Selling Pakodas Better Than Being Jobless, Says Amit Shah; SP Jumps Into ‘Pakoda Politics’ Too)
“Even selling pakodas is a ‘job’ said PM. By that logic, even begging is a job. Let’s count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as ’employed’ people,” Chidambaram had tweeted a few days ago.
Jumping into the controversy, the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh organised a ‘pakoda’ protest earlier this week to register its objection to PM Modi’s remark. Senior party leader Azam Khan also attended the unique protest in which party activists were seen preparing and selling pakodas on streets in Rampur.