Attacking the Congress, the BJP has alleged that it was raising concerns about youth and unemployment at Jaipur conclave after doing nothing on the issue in the last 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 the Congress may be raising this issue to connect with the youth as it plans to make 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.

(This article was published on January 19, 2013)
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