Lies are being spread about 'unemployment': Modi
In a veiled attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first interview of the year, said that scams were common in the previous regime, but in the last three-and-a-half years there have been no allegations of corruption on the BJP-led government.
In an interview to a TV channel, Modi said that his government is focused to bring about a positive change in India.
"In politics leveling allegations are common. When there are no real issues to criticise, they (opposition) resort to spreading negativity," he said when asked about negative picture being portrayed about the economic situation in India.
"The people who are presenting this scenario are under compulsion. Because in politics, blamegame and accusation, and to blow things out of proportion is common...As far as country's economic growth is concerned, you would remember that in 2013-14, what was india known as. India was named in the fragile five in 2013-14," he added.
The Congress and other opposition parties have been constantly criticising the Modi government for the economic policies adopted.
"In one way, even for those blaming us, it has become difficult as to what can be raked up to target the government..Secondly FDI, from 30 billion dollars to now more than 62 billion dollars. This is a big jump in itself. This happens when there is trust in economic policies," Modi said.
When asked about the GST's strong criticism by the opposition parties, the Prime Minister said that the new tax regime "is a product of everyone's approval".
"The chief ministers of the opposition parties have also participated in the decision-making process of GST. The decisions are taken by consensus, according to a system created by the parliament and the political parties themselves," he told in an interview to Times Now.
"If GST succeeds, everyone is responsible and if it fails it is everyone's responsibility. I am saying this from day one, GST is not a framework of any one government but is a collective effort of all," he added.
Modi further said that lies are being spread about the "unemployment", adding that government initiatives have created a lot of jobs.
"Rise in EPF accounts is a clear indication that jobs are being created. If road construction has speeded up, hasn't it created employment? More and more villages are being electrified, hasn't it created employment," he said.