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>> One of Indian leader Narendra Modi's biggest campaign promises may turn out to be his biggest threat to another term, jobs. When Reuters visited the rural town of in Rajasthan state five years ago, all the talk was about Modi boosting the economy. He and his BJP party swept to victory in 2014 promising to create ten million jobs every year beating the once mighty Congress party.
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At least for now, Modi remains the most popular politician in India. However, on a recent visit, Reuters Krishna Das found that Modi's failure since then to give jobs to highly educated young Indians has cost him votes in the Heartland.>> There are thousands of young people here who have not got any jobs in the past four years.
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That is the biggest issue that is going to be played out in the 2019 elections. Even the ruling party has admitted they have not been able to create enough jobs to take in millions people who join the workforce every year in this country. And in elections next year, that could be a big swing factor.
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There is no guarantee people will be voting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party again. A lot of people say here they're likely to go back to Congress.>> Modi has until general elections May next year to find a solution. It may not be an easy task.
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An independent think tank said India's unemployment rate hit its highest level in 16 months this March at just over 6%. The jobs market has become so competitive that more than 25 million people applied for less than 90,000 positions advertised for the state run railways. In groups of young men loiter around the market during the day with little to do.
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And if it's a matter of no jobs, no votes, analysts tell Reuters that in villages like these, next year Modi's rivals in the Congress party could make a comeback.