Congress leader and Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor has criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government for its inability to provide jobs.
“The government of India is trying to tell students passing out of top management and technical institutions to sell pakodas as it has failed to provide the two crore jobs that the BJP had promised,” Thakor said.
The youth leader was in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal to announce the formation of a joint front with local Other Backward Class (OBC) leaders that will campaign against the ruling BJP in coming state assembly elections.
“We are fighting against poverty and for farmers and the unemployed youth. Our front will galvanize support amongst the poor, farmers and the unemployed amongst the OBCs and would support the Congress,” he said.
Thakor also confirmed that he along with fellow youth leaders Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani would jointly campaign against the BJP in the state.
“The three of us had jointly built a momentum by voicing the concerns of the youth and the deprived sections in Gujarat. The momentum will be carried forward in Madhya Pradesh,” he said.
On Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel’s advice to the youth to not look down upon pakoda selling, he said: “She is my aunt and all I can say is that women in Gujarat love making and eating pakodas. But that does not mean people passing out of top management and technical institutions should be asked to sell pakodas.”
He went on to add that it is the duty of the government to provide employment opportunities to the youth of this country and urged Governor Patel to give some sane advice to the government.
Referring to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as an arrogant leader, Thakor cited the incident of Chouhan slapping one his own security officers.
“He is an arrogant leader. He slapped his own security guard. The officer was just doing his duty so such people should be thrown out of power,” he said.