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‘Why Should We Vote for You When Educated Youth Are Sitting Unemployed?’: Voters Question Vasundhara Raje’s Failures

When Raje came to power in 2013, she promised 15 lakh jobs.

That Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje faces overwhelming anti-incumbency in Rajasthan is a fact. The state has not seen much development during her tenure. What it has seen is corruption and hooliganism. Thus it comes as no surprise that voters in the state don’t shy away from reminding the chief minister of her broken promises.

At a rally in Jodhpur, Raje, while passing by the crowd, was stopped by a voter who asked: “Vote kyun de, bachcha to ghar baitha hai padh likh kar, kyun vote de apko? (Why should we vote for you when educated youth are sitting unemployed?).”

Employment in Rajasthan is in dire straits. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment figure in Rajasthan (13.7 per cent) in October was more than twice the national figure (6.6 per cent).

According to a report, the total number of job seekers registered with National Career Services (NCS), as of March 31, 2018, was 8,57,316 from Rajasthan, while the total number of job vacancies available (in all sectors) in the state was 12,854 — the state was able to provide employment only to roughly 1.4 per cent of the unemployed.

When Raje came to power in 2013, she promised 15 lakh jobs. She even claimed that instead of 15 lakh jobs, her government had provided 44 lakh jobs. However, according to a report in The Hindu, Minister of Labour and Employment in Raje’s cabinet claimed in December 2017 that the the total number of jobs provided by her government stood at 2.17 lakh.

Rajasthan will vote on December 7, 2018.

Also read: Vasundhara Raje Govt Patronised Liquor, Land and Sand Mafia in Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot

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