For the first time after the note ban decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering in his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Flagging off number of projects, he strongly rebutted at the charges levelled by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Yesterday, Gandhi alleged that in the Income Tax records there are notings of Sahara officials’ claims that they had paid 9 times to Modi between October, 2013 and February, 2014, during his tenure as the CM of Gujarat.
“He had been going around threatening that when he will speak, there will be an earthquake. If he hadn’t spoken, there could have been an earthquake,” Modi said referring Gandhi’s remarks earlier last week during the Parliament session.
“There is no chance of an earthquake now that he has spoken. We can be rest assured that there is no danger of the natural calamity in sight,” the PM said dismissing Rahul Gandhi’s allegations.
Besides Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, the BJP is also facing a string of Opposition criticism over the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. The move, which has been dubbed by the opposition as anti-people, is also tipped to become a major talking point in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Strongly defended the move as one to fight corruption and black money, Prime Minister Modi took on the Opposition accusing them of rescuing the corrupt by opposing demonetisation.
“…the only thing that I could not take into account was the brazenness with which many political parties and leaders will come to the rescue of the corrupt. But I am happy that this drive aimed at eliminating ‘kala dhan’ has exposed so many ‘kale mann’,” Modi said.
The issue had also seen incessant protest in the Parliament resulting in the washout of Winter session this month.
Charging the opposition parties further, PM Modi compared their stalling of parliamentary proceedings during the latest session to “firing at the borders by Pakistan in a bid to provide cover to infiltrators”.
Calling himself “Kashi ka bachcha” (a child of Kashi), the Prime Minister said, “I am, nonetheless, delighted to see that the power of this holy land has made me work and forced detractors to admit, even if unwittingly, their failures”.
(With inputs from the PTI)