Congress, BJP drag Fuhrer, Mussolini into jobs debate

  • Targeting Narendra Modi over job creation, Rahul Gandhi says the ‘report card’ of the NDA government had revealed a ‘national disaster’
  • According to a news report, the NSSO's periodic labour force survey shows that the country's unemployment rate stood at a 45-year high of 6.1% in 2017-18

NEW DELHI : The debate over jobs has led to a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in social media, bringing the ‘Fuhrer’ and ‘Mussolini’ into the discussion.

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over job creation, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the “report card" of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had revealed a “national disaster".

“NoMo Jobs! 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. Time for NoMo2Go. #HowsTheJobs," Gandhi said.

In response, the BJP alleged that Gandhi had “inherited Mussolini’s shortsightedness".

“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. Only a man who hasn't ever held a proper job & is totally jobless can peddle such #FakeNews!," the BJP said on Twitter.

The debate comes to the fore after a news report by Business Standard on Thursday said that according to the National Sample Survey Office's (NSSO's) periodic labour force survey, the country's unemployment rate stood at a 45-year-high of 6.1% in 2017-18.

Congress, alleged that the party was calling their own data fake.

“In response, just to be clear BJP, are you saying your own govt. agency's data on jobs is #FakeNews? Also for the 2002nd time, EPFO data is not a reflection of new jobs created as stated by the organisation itself. #HowsTheJobs," the party said.

Opposition parties have alleged that the report could be the reason for the resignation of members of the National Statistical Commission.