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Modi government deceived youth, spat on Constitution: Derek

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he referred to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls in which he had termed Congress efforts to give quota to

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Trinamool (TMC) Derek O'Brien on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the in the Rajya Sabha, accusing it of committing "fraud with the poor and youth" on jobs and "spitting on the Constitution" by moving bills for passage without proper legislative scrutiny.

Participating in the debate on the bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward among the upper castes, he said the government had brought the legislation as "acknowledgment of guilt" for not creating jobs.

"One fine winter morning, you wake up and decide 'let's change the Constitution today'... What are you doing to the Constitution? You are spitting on the Constitution," he said.

He said the previous governments got 65-70 per cent bills passed after legislative scrutiny but the record of this government was only 20 per cent. "This is disrespect to the Constitution."

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he referred to Arun Jaitley's remarks in the run-up to the Assembly polls in which he had termed efforts to give quota to Patidar community a "constitutional impossibility".

He said the same BJP leadership had now brought the quota bill to give reservation beyond 50 per cent.

The Trinamool member referred to various government schemes such as Skill and said they were all "Cheat India". He termed demonetisation as the "largest man-made disaster in the last 100 years".

Derek O'Brien said that the government in had tripled income of farmers but the was unable to keep its promises.

He said that allocations by the for schemes aimed at girl child were a pittance compared to what the government -- led by his party -- had done.

He also targeted Modi over an interaction with students in 2013, when he was the of and quoted him as saying: "If there are job opportunities for all...who would ask for reservations?... It's because of our economic system which is a scarcity system. We need to move from a system of scarcity to a system of plenty."

"What happened since then," O'Brien asked.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:14 IST