Fulfilling my promise to fight corruption… PM defends demonetisation

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the principal opposition party as he pitched a strong defence for the demonetisation policy. With his government facing opposition’s criticism over the move to junk Rs 500 and Rs 1000, PM Modi took a swipe saying some political parties are facing a major problem due to demonetisation.

“There is no option left for the dishonest in the country now. I am only fulfilling the promise made at election time to fight corruption,” he said.

Referring to the inconvenience faced by people due to demonetisation as banks overflow with rush and ATM machines witnessing long queues, he drew an analogy saying, “new whitewash gives out foul smell, but it is necessary”.

“My decision is a little harsh… when I was young poor people used to ask for ‘kadak’ (strong) tea as they like strong tea but it spoils the mood of the rich,” he said amid applause from the gathering.

People wait in a long queue to exchange their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

People wait in a long queue to exchange their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

But he kept his sharpest attack for the Congress party, accusing its leaders of always being critical of his government. The Prime Minister also underlined that several successive Congress governments left unfinished development work, something which he is completing now.

“Projects started for Eastern Uttar Pradesh are a tribute to Nehru on birth anniversary though his party attacks me constantly,” said PM Modi referring to India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s on his 127th birth anniversary.

Making his opening remarks in Bhojpuri to strike a rapport with the people of eastern UP, he said there was no change in the plight of people of Purvanchal since 1962, once again referring to Congress-rule years in UP.

Earlier on Sunday, at a speech Goa, the Prime Minister had said that there are “more projects” in mind to rid the country of corruption. “This is not an end. I have more projects in mind to make India corruption-free”.

Talking about the massive inconvenience faced by general public due to the government move, he assured, “cooperate with me and help me for 50 days and I will give you the India you desired…”.