With state assembly elections in Gujarat just a few months away, both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP are waging a war on Twitter over the claim made by AAP’s Gopal Italia in regard to the announcement made by the Chief Minister of Punjab for his consideration over the restoration of the old pension scheme in the state.
The spokesperson of Gujarat BJP sarcastically quipped that ‘Gujarat state president for AAP, Gopal Italia does not know how to translate English into Gujarati’.
For a couple of months in Gujarat, countless employees of the government-based organisations in the state are trying to put pressure on the local government in regard to their outstanding issues ahead of state assembly elections.
Backing this situation, the party members of AAP seem to be getting political mileage by sympathising with such agitators to gain a foothold in Gujarat ahead of state assembly elections to be held this year.
Political parties against the ruling government have started backing up the issues raised by the government employees over their demands on the restoration of the old pension system in a flick to catch Gujarat.
AAP and BJP have been at loggerheads on twitter over the old pension system issue raised by the government employees across the state.
State President, AAP, Gopal Italia had congratulated the Punjab government and the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for considering over the restoration of the old pension scheme for government employees.
In response to this, Jayraj Singh Parmar, former leader in opposition and newly inducted in state BJP, also took to Twitter, saying, “Gopalbhai, firstly, ask the Punjab government to pay the salaries of those, who are working currently in Punjab, then spread the illusion of giving pension to the retired ones.”
Taking a jibe at AAP’s Gopal Italia, the BJP leader Parmar said, “AAP Gujarat president does not know what is being said in English. He pointed out that while Punjab CM is only saying that they are thinking over the implementation of the old pension scheme and thus, they were checking its feasibility (and conditions on how it could be implemented), Gopal Italia proclaimed, as if the decision has already been taken.”
Meanwhile, the state government of Gujarat had already agreed to provide old pension scheme benefits to employees, who had joined the services before 2005.