PM defends demonetisation move; Slams Oppn’s bandh call

SansadTV Bureau


Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government’s demonetisation policy, twice on Sunday. First while addressing his monthly radio show Mann ki Baat and later at a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. He also out at the opposition parties for their ‘Bharat Bandh’ call against demonetisaion, saying they are organising the strike at a time when he is trying to root out corruption and black money.

“I am stopping black money and corruption and some are giving call for Bharat Bandh,” he said at BJP’s rally here in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Without naming any opposition party, Modi said, “We are trying to curb corruption and they are organising ‘Bharat Bandh’. Should there be ‘Bharat Bandh’ or should the route of corruption be blocked?”

Several opposition parties have given a call for ‘Akrosh Diwas’ tomorrow to protest against the Centre’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

The Prime Minister said the decision on demonetisation was tough, “but (the) future will be bright”.

Referring to the problems being faced by the common man including villagers in withdrawing money, he advised them to take the e-wallet route.

“Era of wallet has gone, you can use your mobile phone as your bank branch with the same ease with which you take snaps and send them to friends,” Modi said. .

Earlier in the day, in his Mann ki Baat radio address he once again reiterated his 50 days deadline for the cash crunch to get over and the situation to get back to normal. “I repeat what I told earlier, it will take 50 days to completely imbibe the change,” PM Modi said.

“We want labourers of the country to open bank accounts,” he said terming the demonetization move as the one which will be beneficial for the poor, farmers and the labourers.

(With inputs from the Agencies)