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Javadekar takes jibe at Rahul, says Rafale means 'Rahul fail'


Press Trust of India Ahmedabad
Taking a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said he may keep repeating Rafale, but what it means is actually "Rahul fail".
He also said the Congress' accusation that the Narendra Modi government had failed to create jobs in its tenure was "baseless" and went on to claim there was no right system to measure employment creation in the country.
Javadekar said the Centre was creating a new mechanism to tabulate the creation of jobs so that a true picture emerged for the public.
"They (Congress) will still keep saying Rafale, Rafale, Rafale. Why do you (Congress) keep saying Rafale, Rafale. Rafale means Rahul fail," Javadekar said.
He claimed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi dispensation at the Centre was the "first government" where not a single minister was named in any corruption scandal.
Speaking on constant attacks on the Centre over lack of jobs for the country's youth, Javadekar said, "We do not have the right process to measure how much employment has been created. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) visits 100 houses and creates data. This data is not right."

The Union minister for Human Resources Development claimed several indicators have shown that jobs were created during the tenure of the NDA government in the past five years.
He cited indicators like payroll data of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), addition of new transport vehicles, tourism and food delivery services to bolster his point.
"We are preparing a new system of statistics in which jobs will be mapped and a true picture will come up before the public. We do not have a system of registration of employment which we are going to do (now)," Javadekar said.
He added that an actual job crisis, like the one being alleged by the opposition parties, would have caused protests across the country, something that had not happened so far.
Speaking on Tuesday's India's "preemptive" airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan, Javadekar said PM Modi's foreign visits had helped India get diplomatic support from the international community for such cross-border action.
"Countries world over have accepted that every country has the right to self defence. And therefore, no country has opposed us. This is a big political, diplomatic win and an achievement of the last five years," he said.
The minister was addressing an 'intellectuals meet' organised here by the BJP.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 10:00 PM IST

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