Employment, employment, and employment — will be the focus of the Congress’s election campaign, party’s manifesto committee member Sam Pitroda has said, asserting that the country was going through a jobs “crisis”.
In an interview to PTI, he said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will make a huge impact in the general elections.
Mr. Priyanka Gandhi and Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia took charge as AICC general secretary UP east and UP west respectively last month.
“The country is going through a big employment crisis. We have not created new employment. We have in fact eaten into the employment base we already had. So, today the real challenge is how do we create new jobs,” he said.
Confident of Cong stitching up alliances
Asked if Congress president Rahul Gandhi was matching up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of being the prime challenger, Mr. Pitroda said he doesn’t see the contest as a challenge between two individuals.
“I think it is a challenge between the idea of India. It is about what kind of a nation you want to build going forward, what are the real challenges you have on employment, inclusion and all that,” he said
Fight of ideologies
He asserted that agrarian distress is also a major issue.
“I was told that there is problem of excess supply of onions and potatoes, and the prices are way down and that hurts farmers,” he said.
Mr. Pitroda, who is credited with being the architect of the telecom revolution under Rajiv Gandhi, also alleged that science and technology, had been on the ‘back burner in a big way under the Modi government.
Asked how the Congress will bring the narrative back to real issues such as employment and alleged agrarian distress post the Balakot air strikes, he said the party will raise key issues on the ground among people.