BJD Rebuts BJP On Unemployment Issue

30 January 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: As the Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has threatened to gherao Assembly here on February 7 alleging that the State Government has done nothing for providing employments to the youth mass and has also been obstructing Centre’s initiatives in that regard, ruling BJD rebutted such allegations as ridiculous.

In his media reactions, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “Such a demonstration proposed to be staged by the Yuva Morcha of Bharatiya Janata Party is ridiculous. During 2014 election campaign, the BJP had promised to provide two crore employments every year in the country if they come to power. Did they? No.”

He argued, “On the contrary, they are targeting the Odisha Government. They should rather try to know that the State Government has been able to impart skill development to 9 lakh youths. Thus, it has been ranked as the State No 1 in this regard and has also been awarded by the Centre.”

“Now the question arises who did it and who didn’t. The BJD-ruled State Government has shown the result while the BJP-ruled Centre failed to keep its promise made. Hence, it is ridiculous the way the BJYM is stating,” the BJD spokesperson retorted.

Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Odisha unit president Tankadhar Tripathy alleged, “The 19-year-old BJD Government has been an obstacle in the path of employment and self-employment opportunities for the Odia youth mass.”

“When the Central Government is wishing for the NTPC expansion, the State Government is hindering it, also in the case of opening of oil reservoir at Chandikhole. The State Government is also obstructing the land acquisition process meant for the proposed coastal highway and also in the railway projects,” he burst.

He also lambasted, “While employment opportunities for the youth mass could be created when there is infrastructural development, the State Government is deliberately becoming a stumbling block.”

“Hence, the youths and students of Odisha led by BJYM will unite here for demanding their rights on February 7. Lakhs of Odia youths will gherao the Assembly and surrender their degrees,” he threatened.

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Tankadhar Tripathy, President, BJYM, Odisha