The Shiv Sena on Monday expressed concerns that the US President-elect Donald Trump’s ‘sons of the soil’ agenda, though possibly inspired from the former Sena chief Bal Thackeray, may hurt the Indian economy. The party further said it waits to see what stance will Prime Minister Narendra Modi take on it.
However, on the other hand, the party also said that if Trump can espouse protectionist ideas and give priority to Americans for employment, even Modi should take a firm stand on not allowing Pakistani personalities to seek employment in India.
In the party’s mouthpiece publication, Saamana, the Shiv Sena said, “Trump has made a statement that the government will protect the interests of the Americans over others. Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi take such a firm stand in the case of Pakistani personalities? Pakistan’s artists, technical experts, television artists come to India in search of work and hamper employment opportunities of local Indian artists.”
However, in the editorial, the Shiv Sena also said though lakhs of Indians settled in the US got Trump voted, hailing him as a second Modi, soon after being elected the American leader is planning to take measures to render his own Indian supporters jobless. “He is not stopping at just the H1B visa holders, but has also targeted American companies who have set up their industries outside and create employment,” the Sena said.
The party said Trump recently announced that American companies producing goods outside the country will have to pay 35% more tax to sell their produce in the US and this may hurt Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ mission.
“Anyway unemployment is likely to increase due to the effect of demonetisation. Crores of people are going to end up losing their jobs in the next four months. On top of that if employment generation under ‘Make in India’ dips and many Indian Americans have to come back unemployed in search of jobs, it will worsen the situation. Modi is going to have to find solutions to all this soon,” the Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said.
The party, however, added that it is confident that Modi, being a friend of the world quite like former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, will find a solution to this predicament too.