P Chidambaram addressing a press conference in national capital. (Photo: ANI)
The Congress on Saturday questioned the BJP-led NDA government for its "failure to create jobs" during its two-year rule and said that Narendra Modi-led government's record in agriculture was dismal.
Senior Congress leader P. Chadambaram, in a press conference in national capital on completion of two years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, said: "Growth was negative at -0.2 percent in 2014-15 and a meagre 1.1 percent in 2015-16."
The government failed to anticipate and tackle the acute distress in rural India, he said.
"Where are the jobs? The most notable failure of the NDA government has been in job creation," the Congress leader said.
"The ferment in universities can be partly attributed to the bleak future faced by university graduates. Besides, there are millions of young people who will complete no more than 8 or 10 years of school education and will have no special skills. Where are the jobs for them," Chidambaram said.
He said further, “There is little to cheer in the GDP numbers. There is a growing dichotomy between the GDP numbers and the other economic indicators.”
"If calculated under the methodology of the old series, the estimate for 2015-16 would be about 5 percent and not 7.6 percent. The average citizens need jobs and incomes. They do not consume GDP numbers," he added.
Meanwhile, Congress has named Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh, Ambika Soni and Oscar Fernandes as its candidates for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha.
The party's list also include Pradeep Tamta, Vivek Tankha and Chhaya Verma.
Congress has nominated Chidambaram from Maharashtra after the party's poor showing in the recent Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
Ambika Soni has been retained from Punjab and Oscar Fernandes from Karnataka.
The party has also decided to send Ramesh to the upper house from Karnataka.
Tamta will be party nominee from Uttarakhand, Tankha from Madhya Pradesh and Verma from Chhattisgarh.