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Nadda picks holes in Cong manifesto

chandigarh Updated: Oct 20, 2012 23:03 IST
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary JP Nadda has said the state Congress manifesto was contrary to the UPA government for having failed to create jobs for the unemployed youth as promised.

Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, he said one crore jobs were lost in the country after the UPA came to power in the 2009 general elections on the promise to youth to create equal amount of job avenues.

Finding fault in the Congress manifesto that was released by union minister Anand Sharma on Friday as it promised to provide Rs 1,000 unemployment allowance to youth, Nadda said, "On the contrary, one crore jobs were lost during the UPA regime due to bad condition of economy and scams in various sectors."

Doubting the Congress credibility and cautioning youth to beware of the party, he said the Congress had always been poor in implementing its election manifesto.

He said the party had made a promise to the youth of the state to provide government job for each family in previous elections manifesto, but the same has not been realised till date.

"The state is having 6 lakh Class-12 passouts jobless and it is a daunting task to provide them Rs 1,000 unemployment allowance. During its previous rule, the Congress had provided only 2,287jobs," Nadda said.

He added that so far no state had been able to start unemployment allowance in the country. Calling the Congress manifesto release a mere ritual, he cautioned people not to be misled as it lacks resource mobilisation.

He said in spite of two ministers from Himachal Pradesh at the Centre for long time, they have failed to make efforts in providing any package to the state. They also failed to claim Rs 4,250 crore from the BBMB as the Supreme Court had upheld the state's claim after the efforts of the BJP government, he added.

Nadda added that the Congress was directionless and it was the BJP government led by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal that was showing direction to the Congress.

The Congress had promised to provide rural connectivity in resemblance to the scheme of Prem
Kumar Dhumal-led government as it has constructed 4,800 km roads in the state and the Congress has now promised to expend the road plan by 7,500 km after coming to power, Nadda said.

The Congress, he said, was merely trying to attract voters for electoral gains as their promise of rural connectivity is not pragmatic.

He alleged that during the previous Congress rule of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh had constructed only 1,500 km road in five years and now they were trying to fool people of the state.

The Congress had assured to increase apple import duty by three times, but the union commerce minister did not heed the repeated demand of the BJP government to increase apple duty by 25% from the present value.