Cong's Real Concern Rahul, Not Youth: BJP
Attacking Congress, BJP today alleged it was raising concerns about youth and unemployment at Jaipur conclave after doing nothing on the issue for nine years it has been in power and that the ruling party's real 'worry' was on projecting Rahul Gandhi among young voters.

"It is clear from the Congress activity at the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur yesterday that there is less of introspection and more of worry. Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern for the youth and the middle class.... After being in power for nine years, Sonia Gandhi has spoken about their aspirations," BJP Chief Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The Opposition alleged that Congress maybe raising this issue to connect with the youth as it plans to launch Rahul Gandhi as the leader in the 2014 polls.

"There is a debate in the Congress about giving a bigger role to Rahul Gandhi but not about giving a bigger responsibility.... Is this a concern for the youth or a concern for Rahul Gandhi," he said

He said that this concern for the youth has come after being in power for nine years and wondered what is the reason.

"This is important as 51 per cent of the population is below 25 years of age and 65 per cent is below 35 years. There is such a big population of youth and yet Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern and worry for them after nine years," Prasad said.

BJP alleged that Sonia Gandhi spoke about the youth as the general elections are due in a year.

The BJP said that throughout the protests against the painful gangrape incident in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi was nowhere to be seen.

The party asked Sonia Gandhi to give figures of the number of jobs the UPA government has created in the last nine years.

"The first and foremost concern of the young, educated and aspirational people is to get meaningful employment. Employment has registered a big decline in UPA rule. Kindly explain to the nation how, given the reality of India today, you plan to respond to the concerns of young India," Prasad asked the Congress President.

Maintaining that Congress' ambition of projecting Rahul Gandhi may not bear frut, the main Opposition claimed that Congress should understand that there is no vacancy for the post of Prime Minister in 2014 as the seat will be occupied by a BJP leader heading an NDA coalition.

But the party refused to answer questions about who its Prime Ministerial candidate will be.

Asked about Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyer's comments about infighting in BJP, Prasad said he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in the category of "intellectual" and he should mind his words.

BJP said the country's economy is in a bad shape as GDP stands at 5.3 per cent while industrial production, manufacturing, import, export, foreign and domestic investment have all gone down.

"Congress seems to have a vested interest in price rise that is why prices are not falling. Lack of good governance is the reason.... The political cheque of Congress is set to bounce now," Prasad said.
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