In the most explosive interview after kickstarting his 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign blitz, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his views on a host of issues pertaining to the citizens of the country while speaking to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami.
On being questioned on the comments made by Opposition against the NDA government over jobs in the country, levying allegations that there are 'no jobs and unemployment is rising', PM Modi demanded the proof-seekers to present data on their claims.
"If there is no data, then do they have the right to abuse? If they don't have the data, do they have the right to abuse?", he asked.
Hitting out at the previous UPA government over spreading lies against against the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government at Centre alleging that 'there is no employment', PM Modi set the record straight saying that while there were only 1.5 crore jobs in UPA government, there were massive 6 crore on-record jobs during Atalji's government.
"This is their (UPA) government tradition. I am trying to make new institutions so that there is a perfect system. But, do you remember during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government? They went around beating the drum on the same issue. During Atalji's tenure, they continuously said 'there is no employment.' After Atalji's tenure, there were statistics that proved that there were 6 crore jobs in Atalji's tenure. And during UPA there were only 1.5 crore jobs and yet they maligned Atalji's government. The Lutyens ecosystem kept beating the drums. Imagine, 4 crore people, it's a total of 15 to 17 crore - exact number will be here or there - who have taken money from banks via the mudra scheme. 4 crore people have taken money for the first time. They must have started some employment, they must have employed somebody," PM Modi said.
In an array of questions, PM Modi further shuts down the Opposition on their allegations on employment generation during NDA government.
"The registrations at EPFO, more than 1 crore people have registered. Money has to be given for this, it's not for free. Won't you accept this or not? Today, more roads are being built in india. Is manpower not required for that? Railways are growing at twice the rate, is manpower not required for that? Today, there is a huge campaign for solar energy in india. It's because of big investment. Are they saying, there's no employment because of it? What are they saying? Do they have any basis? Will they say anything they like & keep shouting? And I have given a response in Parliament with all the numbers. I have answered in Parliament. I have given a long & detailed response," the Prime Minister added.