By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, February 6, 2019: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for their inability to generate employment for the youth in the state.

He assured that his party will give employment to youth once it comes to power in Odisha.

“While the Chinese government creates employment opportunities for 50,000 youth in 24 hours, Narendra Modi and Naveen Patnaik combined could give employment to only 450 youths in 24 hours,” Gandhi said while addressing a rally at Rourkela.

Youths are virtually forced to migrate to different states in search of work as there were no job opportunities in Odisha, Gandhi remarked.

The Congress leader also criticised the Prime Minister for not fulfilling his promise of providing two crore jobs per year to the youth.

“Narendra Modi and Amit Shah say selling pakoras is also a job. We know that selling pakoras is also a job. But the whole country can’t sell pakoras,” he said and made it clear that if Congress come to power, it will work towards giving employment to the people of Odisha.

“The government will be for the poor,” he added.

Gandhi accused leaders of the ruling Biju Janata Dal of their involvement in chit fund scams in Odisha.

“The Odisha government is not operating from the state, Narendra Modi is running it through remote (control) from Delhi,” he said.

Gandhi also hit out at Modi for failing to fulfil the election promise and upgrade the Ispat General Hospital in Rourkela to a super-specialty hospital and construct a second bridge over Brahmani river.

“Did Modiji keep his promise of a second Brahmani bridge in Rourkela? Did he build a super-specialty hospital in Rourkela?” he asked.

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