We must worship job creators like Adani, Ambani: BJP MP K.J Alphonstext_fields
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP K.J. Alphons on Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha that industrialists like "Ambani, Adani" should be "worshipped" as they are creating jobs.
His statement came amid a raging debate on unemployment and war of words between the opposition parties and the government while participating in the debate on the Union Budget.
The opposition criticised that the Budget had left out the poor and only benefited the rich. It also accused the government of talking about "faceless" and "jobless" growth and argued that the government's policies are widening income inequalities.
"Be it Reliance, be it Ambani, be it Adani, be it anybody, they must be worshipped. Yes, because they provide jobs… The people who invest money, Ambani, Adani, every industrialist who creates money in this country creates jobs. They have created jobs. They need to be respected," BJP's K J Alphons argued.
A former Union minister, Alphons argued that "global inequalities are a fact". He said the opposition has argued that the wealth of two people has gone up.
"Elon Musk's wealth has gone up 1016 per cent. Are you aware of this? The wealth of the founder of Google, Larry Page, has gone up 126 per cent. The wealth of Bezos has gone up 67 per cent. The lowest among all these top 10 is Bill Gates. His wealth has one up 30 per cent. Global inequality is a fact, whether you accept it or not. Three billion people in the world live below five dollars a day. So, global inequalities are a fact," he said.
Slamming the Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha said the government has touted it as "Amrit kaal ka Budget".
He said there is "no vision at all" for employment creation and demanded that the government come out with an employment calendar. The patience of the jobless youth, he said, is wearing thin.
BJD's Sujeet Kumar said there was no mention of price rise or inflation in the Budget, and added, "The MGNREGA budget has been reduced by 25 per cent…We are talking lofty things about education, but we are spending only 3 per cent of India's GDP on education despite all these lofty goals."
Countering the claims, BJP's G V L Narasimha Rao said the Budget not only addresses the current challenges faced by the country but also prepares to establish India as a global economic super power in the next 25 years.