Mumbai: Claiming that the figures meant to show employment generation and foreign investment just do not add up, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has called BJP’s Make in India initiative an “employment scam”. In his weekly column in Sena mouthpiece Saamna, Raut said that though the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and others had been asserting that India was the fastest growing economy in the world, the figures didn’t match up. “If that be the case, then India should be the most attractive destination for youngsters… It is also being said that foreign investors are queuing up to invest in India. But, all of these do not reflect in employment generation… It means there is some scam pertaining to the figures given on employment generation,” he said. (Also read: Athawale Hopes BJP, Sena Would Fight 2019 Elections Together)
Raut wrote in his column, “PM Narendra Modi claimed that one crore employment has been generated in the past four years, but 40 lakh jobs have been lost in the demonetisation attack. The agriculture sector, which used to generate the highest employment, has been destroyed completely.” He added that those who question the Government on the losses in jobs are branded “anti-nationals”. “Farmers’ economy has collapsed owing to ban on cow slaughter. All this is happening in the name of religion, which does not provide food and work. Those who question about the loss of existing jobs are labelled as anti-nationals,” he said.
He also alleged that the Rafale deal had affected HAL which was a public undertaking.
Sena has been vociferous in its criticism of the BJP-led Government at the Centre. Just last week, it had likened the Amritsar train accident on Dusshera evening with the Jallianwala massacre. “An incident that reminds of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place in Punjab recently. Jallianwala Bagh incident took place during the British rule. However, the Amritsar tragedy has taken place in independent India. Even after getting freedom long ago, it has become people’s destiny to die like insects,” read an article in Saamna.