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Chidambaram to BJP: Don't distort 'pakoda' quote and debate on jobs

The Congress leader said he empathised with all those who aspire for a regular job

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram outside the Parliament House in New Delhi
Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram outside the Parliament House in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Former Union P on Monday slammed the (BJP) government for "distorting and deflecting the debate on employment".

The Congress leader said he empathised with all those who aspire for a regular job.

"A young man who sells 'pakodas' (fritters) is honourably self-employed but poor and aspirational. Ask him and he will tell you that he aspires for a regular and secure job. I empathise with him," said in a tweet.

"BJP should not distort and deflect the debate on jobs. The party should tell us how many regular jobs were created in the last three years," he said.

Chidambaram's remarks came after Prime Minister in an interview to a news channel last week said: "If a person selling 'pakodas' earns Rs 200 at the end of the day, will it be considered or not?"

also slammed the Central government saying, "BJP is the master of distortion and deception".

"Even selling 'pakodas' is a 'job', said PM. By that logic, even begging is a job. Let's count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as 'employed' people," the former said.

He also said, "the truth is, India is witnessing a three-year spell of modest but jobless and the government is clueless about how to create jobs".

"In the debate on jobs, it is important to keep the distinction between 'job' and 'self-employment'. A 'job' is certain, regular and reasonably secure. We want to know how many such jobs have been created," he said.

"Selling 'pakodas' is honourable self-for the poor but that cannot be counted as a job," he said.

"The BJP should answer the question how many certain, regular and reasonably secure jobs were created in the last three years?" the Congress leader said.

First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 17:14 IST
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