Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini — among history’s most infamous dictators — have entered India’s political discourse. And all it took was a mysterious report that the Narendra Modi government apparently wants to hide from the public and which was leaked to the press this morning.
The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “The Fuhrer” — meaning Adolf Hitler. He was referring to a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) survey that says unemployment was at a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent during 2017-2018.
The report on the NSSO jobs survey, has not officially been made public.
Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party came all guns blazing at the Modi governmment today over the report; it used the hashtag #HowsTheJobs, which was trending on Twitter.
The Fuhrer promised us 2 Cr jobs a year. 5 years later, his leaked job creation report card reveals a National Disaster.
Unemployment is at its highest in 45 yrs.
6.5 Cr youth are jobless in 2017-18 alone.
Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 31, 2019
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party returned fire, invoking the name of Hitler’s one-time ally from Italy, Benito Mussolini. “It’s clear that he [Rahul Gandhi] has inherited Mussolini’s shortsightedness and has myopic understanding of issues,” the BJP said in a tweet.
“EPFO’s real data shows sharp increase in jobs, created in just the last 15 months,” the BJP also said, referring to data from the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, which can give a general idea of the number of jobs in India.
It’s clear that he has inherited Mussolini’s shortsightedness and has myopic understanding of issues.
EPFO’s real data shows sharp increase in jobs, created in just the last 15 months.
BJP (@BJP4India) January 31, 2019
The row over the NSSO jobs report comes just months before Lok Sabha elections are to be held. The Rahul Gandhi-led Congress has accused PM Narnedra Modi of not doing enough to generate jobs in the country.
The Narendra Modi government however has rejected the accusations, claiming that its various schemes have generated millions of jobs.
Earlier, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted about the NSSO report, saying the “promise of 2 crore jobs turned out to be a cruel joke”.
He claimed that the 45-year high in unemployment was the reason why the NSSO report was kept “under wraps” and why members of the National Statistical Commission resigned.
Two independent members of the National Statistical Commission, including its chairman, have resigned. PC Mohanan, who was the NSC’s acting chairman, said the delay in the release of the NSSO’s report on employment was among the reasons for him and the other member to quit.
Union Minister of State Mahesh Sharma said the Narendra Modi government was working so that no one stands in a queue for a job.
However, until now these claims — either the Congress’s or the Modi government’s — were not backed by hard numbers or data.
The NSSO report on jobs is the first survey to examine the employment situation in the country since the November 2016 shock demonetisation announcement.