Sharad Yadav takes a dig at PM Modi

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leaving no opportunity to deliver a speech, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has been unable to generate employment for the youth and its track record of four months has left much to be desired.

PTI| Updated: Oct 07, 2014, 15:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for leaving no opportunity to deliver a speech, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has been unable to generate employment for the youth and its track record of four months has left much to be desired.

In his attempt to forge some sort of unity among non-Congress and non-BJP parties, Yadav would be attending Samajwadi Party's meet in Lucknow starting tomorrow.

Nothing concrete has shaped so far, he told reporters.

"It is the work of a government not speeches that should do the talking. They (Modi and others) leave no opportunity of giving a speech. What do they get out of it?"

"Their biggest promise before polls was that they would give employment to youths. They have not generated any source of new jobs. Their projects like smart cities will kill our agriculture by encroaching on land," Yadav told reporters.

The JD(U) chief also criticised the NDA government's decision to disinvest stake in some leading PSUs, saying it was very ill-timed as their stock prices have been falling since then and the government should instead mop up money by selling its stakes in blue chip private companies.

India's only achievement since independence was to achieve self-dependence in farm production and even this will suffer due to these projects, he said.

Yadav said it all reminded him of 'India Shining' propaganda of previous BJP-led NDA government which was rejected by people.

"They have been in power for only four months. I do not want to criticise them much. But signs are not good," he said.

The previous BJP government, of which Yadav's party was a part, had created a separate ministry of disinvestment and it did them no good. "It's not visible yet but I think it will be scandal," he claimed on the decision to sell off a part of government's share in PSUs like NHPC, ONGC and Coal India.