A group of students on Sunday decided to sell pakodas (fried Indian snacks) outside the rally venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was to protest Modi’s recent comments over pakodas linking its business to his job creation initiatives.
The students staged this unique protest near Mehkri Circle, a few metres away from Palace Ground where PM Modi was addressing the rally, reported PTI. They were later whisked away by the local police.
The students named their snacks after prominent BJP leaders and offered ‘Modi Pakodas,’ ‘Amit Shah Pakodas‘ and ‘Dr Yeddy Pakodas‘ to BJP supporters arriving to attend Modi’s rally. Dr Yeddy was in reference to the state BJP chief, BS Yeddyurappa, who the prime minister on Sunday projected as the party’s chief ministerial candidate.
Prime Minister Modi, in a recent interview to Zee News, had said that those who sold pakodas were able to do so because of his initiatives on job creation.
When asked about his 2013 promise of creating 1 crore jobs every year after becoming the prime minister, Modi had said, “Somebody please tell me if someone sells pakode, fried Indian snack, and earns Rs 200 by the end of the day, will you not call it a job? Which register mentions that a man is earning Rs 200 every day? It’s a simple thing to understand that the banks have given loans to 10 crore people. Which means that these many people have earned their livelihood.”
Sunday’s development came just few days after the NSUI, the Congress’s student wing, had organised a similar event in Bengaluru to protest against the prime minister’s pakoda remarks. Last week, NSUI students had sold pakodas named after BJP leaders for Rs 20 a plate. Modi Pakoda, AmitShah Pakoda and YogiAdityanath Pakoda were among the 10 varieties sold by the Congress-linked organisation, reported News18.