New Delhi: A group of students who staged a unique protest against unemployment crisis by selling pakodas wearing their graduation robes near the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Chandigarh were detained by police on Tuesday, media reports stated.
In response to Modi’s television interview last year in which he made a very controversial remark that a person earning Rs 200 a day by selling pakodas cannot be considered unemployed, the students held a peaceful protest near the venue of the Modi’s rally Chandigarh.
The protesters wearing their graduation robes were selling pakodas named after the Prime Minister "Modiji ke pakode" before Modi addressed the rally in support of his party candidate Kirron Kher from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat that will go to polls on May 19.
The students reportedly shouted ‘Buy pakodas made by engineers" and "BA and LLB pakodas for sale" before the police took them in preventive custody.
One of the protesters said that they wanted to sell pakodas at Modi's rally, so that the Prime Minister knows how great it is to sell pakodas for the educated youth.
Modiji has given us new jobs through his unique pakoda employment scheme. That is why they have come to show our appreciation with pakodas. After all, there is no better way for the educated youth to make a living, the protester said.
The students were released after the Modi's rally was over, reports stated.
Amid growing criticism over the BJP government’s failure to fulfill its 2014 poll promise of generating two crore jobs every year, Modi in a television interview in January last year tried to dismiss the criticism by saying that people earning Rs 200 a day by selling pakodas cannot be considered unemployed.
The unemployment rate in India has reached its highest in 45 years, according to an official survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) between July 2017 and June 2018 withheld by the government.
The unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, higher than the previous high point reached in 1972-1973, the survey said.
Around 50 lakh people have lost their jobs ever since PM Modi announced an overnight ban on high-value currency in November 2016, another report said last month.