BJP MLA from Nagpur, Maharashtra Ashish Deshmukh on Saturday questioned his own BJP-led governments at the centre and in Maharashtra on the issue of providing jobs to the youth.
Mr Deshmukh, who had organised a ‘Yuva Sansad’ (youth parliament) in his constituency Katol near Nagpur, claimed that the BJP had promised to create two crore jobs per year, but only 2.2 lakh jobs were generated in the country in the last four years.
He also challenged local BJP leaders’ claim that over 50,000 youths have got jobs in MIHAN (Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur) and the surrounding industrial area. No new factory is seen in the area, nor is there any service industry, he said.
He also critiqued that initiatives such as Make in India, Magnetic Maharashtra (the BJP-led state government’s investment summit), Start-up India and Skill India have failed to create jobs. Mr Deshmukh has been displeased with his party for long, especially on the issue of separate statehood for Vidarbha which he supports.
Other BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and AAP leader Sanjay Singh were also present at the program.
However, Deshmukh is not the first one from BJP who has expressed his concern over lack of jobs. Earlier in August this year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari too had mocked his own party when they said, even if reservations are given, there are no jobs.
Yesterday, another BJP MLA from Rajasthan has stepped down. In a jolt to the ruling BJP in the poll-bound state, party veteran Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh announced his decision to quit the party on Saturday at his Swabhiman rally in Barmer. He openly announced,
“Hamari bhool kamal ka phool (joining the BJP was mistake),” the BJP MLA from Sheo told his supporters.
Manvendra, however, has not yet disclosed his political course despite speculation he would join the Congress. Manvendra’s exit is seen as a loss to the BJP in Rajput-dominated districts. Sri Rajput Karni Sena supremo Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi was present at the Barmer rally. The Rajput community is already very angry with the BJP over various issues.
“There have been many rallies, but today’s rally is the biggest. It is about Swabhiman (self-respect),” Manvendra said, adding that “Swabhiman is our right and we are committed to it.”