With tears, Narendra Modi tears into rivals, reaches out to masses

Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 10:19 IST | Chaitraly Deshmukh and Agencies |

In a day of speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches scathing attack on detractors of the demonetisation move and announces that more anti-graft measures are on the anvil

Prime Minister Narendra ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi

‘I know that (some) forces are up against me, they may not let me live, they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble, but I am prepared. This government does not want to bother honest people but doesn’t want to spare the dishonest.’

‘I am doing what I was asked to do by the people of this country. This had become clear from the very first meeting of my Cabinet when I formed the SIT (on black money). We never kept the people in dark.’

‘I appeal to farmers to deposit their hard income money in bank and do not fall prey to any rumours or exchange your notes as I promise no tax will be forced on you. The bank is yours, government is yours and I am yours. So do not panic.’

‘Bear with me for 50 days. Has India been looted or not? ... I am not going to stop at this. I will expose the history of corruption of 70 years since Independence… This is not the end. I have more projects in mind to make India corruption-free.’

‘Those who were involved in the coal scam, 2G scam and other scams, now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4,000. When Congress stopped 25 paise, did we say anything? You could dare to stop only 25 paise, that’s what your power was limited to. But you did not make higher denomination currency notes illegal.’

‘We will take action against ‘benami’ property. This is major step to eradicate corruption and black money ... If any money that was looted in India and has left Indian shores, it is our duty to find out about it.’

‘My dear countrymen, I gave up everything...my home, my family. I gave up everything I had for this country.’

‘I do understand the problems that the countrymen are currently facing but this inconvenience and suffering will last only till December 30. Once the cleansing is over, not even a mosquito will be there. There is pain due to demonetisations but more to gain.’

Patience wears thin, queues get longer

People queue up outside a bank in Lucknow on Sunday. Pics/PTI
People queue up outside a bank in Lucknow on Sunday. Pics/PTI

Appeals by Prime Minister
and finance minister notwithstanding, frustration and anger among citizens to get their share of valid notes for meeting daily needs swelled as banks tripped with non-functional ATMs and cash running out of branches at many places. Unprecedented rush at bank branches was seen all over the country, with people jostling to get new cash yesterday itself because of a holiday in many parts of the country on Monday. However, many had to return empty handed.

Stop emotionally blackmailing people
Reacting to Narendra Modi’s speech, BSP supremo Mayawati yesterday said, “It is good that Modiji has left his family and village for the country but that does not mean that he would take immature decisions which are against the public interest and stick to them. He should stop emotionally blackmailing the people who are facing hardships due to the move.”

Rs 1.6 cr torn, defunct notes found in WB
Two sacks of torn notes and Rs 1.60 crore in cash, both in the denomination of the now defunct Rs500 and Rs 1,000, were seized from two ends of West Bengal, police said. The sacks with torn and damaged currency notes of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 stacked in them were recovered from a garbage vat in the southern part of the city’s Golf Green area yesterday morning. A police officer said they are are trying to find out the origin of these notes and checking CCTV footage.

PM facing concrete reality: Rahul
Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting emotional over inconvenience caused to the common man over the demonetisation step, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a series of tweets, “First laughter now tears! Mediocrity comes face to face with reality.” “If trucks go off the roads, supply of essentials across the country will be paralysed. Hope Mr Modi has a plan for this.”

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