Prime Minister on Monday took potshots at Opposition parties for hitting out at his government over demonetisation. He asserted that poor people are within in the fight against corruption, black money.
PM said, “We don’t lack money, but it is lying where it should not be. Only when people are ready to face inconvenience, then corruption will go. New whitewash gives out foul smell, but it is necessary.”
Mr. Modi seeks the blessings of people, asks them for help. ”Just look at the wealth of the poor!” And, he’s greeted by an applause. ”This is a fight to end corruption and dishonesty”.
Asks people if he did the right thing by scrapping high denomination notes. And he’s get a loud roar from the crowd. ”Will you face hardships? If people in villages are ready to face hardships there is no place for dishonesty in India,” he said.
“My decision (to ban Rs500 and Rs1000) is like strong tea that I used to make earlier in my days as a chaiwala. The poor are loving it, while for rich it’s bad in taste.”
Modi lauded his government for the decision to demonetise the big notes to root out corruption and black money and said the step had robbed the rich of their sleep.
“After demonetisation, poor enjoying sound sleep, rich running from pillar to post to buy sleeping pills,” Modi said at BJP’s Parivartan Yatra in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. He said the move to demonetise big currencies would help bridge the gap between rich and poor in the country.
“Those who are looting the country by stashing away Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, should they not suffer, are we not ready to experience a little hardships to teach a lesson to those cheating the country? We are going to rid the country of cheaters,” Modi said.
PM Modi also lauded the state for its contributions to the country and said, “Uttar Pradesh has given many prime ministers to the country. I am the ninth Prime Minister from Uttar Pradesh. Both Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and I share Uttar Pradesh’s legacy. More than 5,000 jawans have come from this great state.”
As PM Modi, said the “poor are sleeping peacefully and the rich need sleeping pills” – a comment he has made more than once in rallies since Sunday – Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal posted her criticism on Twitter. “PM’s remarks are an insult to commoners and in bad taste,” she wrote.