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Demonetisation has reduced crime rate in metro cities: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday claimed that that demonetisation has reduced crime rate drastically in metropolitan cities like Mumbai.
Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday claimed that demonetisation has reduced crime rate drastically in metropolitan cities like Mumbai.

Parrikar, who was addressing a rally in Aldona Assembly constituency in Goa, said that the black money, corruption money, terror funding and drug money have received a jolt due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “historic” decision to demonetise high currency notes.

Commenting on the tense situation along the LoC following the killing of three Indian soldiers, Parrikar said that whenever there has been a cross-border firing, India has given a strong response.

“Whenever there is an attack, our response to their attack is strong, and as the response was strong, a day before we got a call from them, they (Islamabad) pleaded to stop it,” said Parrikar.

He said India did not seek war, but would “gouge out eyes” of the enemy if provoked. “We don’t itch for a fight, but if someone looks at the country with an evil eye, we will gouge his eyes out and put them back in his hand, we have that much power,” said the defence minister.

Parrikar said, “There is no doubt that the army is gallant, but for the first time, the country’s political leadership took a strong policy decision. And after that too, we have given an appropriate response to other cowardly attacks.”

Asserting that, Armed Forces were fully prepared, Parrikar said his mother had taught him that “even if you are going to hunt a rabbit, be prepared to kill a tiger”.

He dared enemies to shoot him, saying he had given up his official bullet-proof Ambassador and was using a non-bullet proof vehicle. “The car stopped after every two days. I bid goodbye to the Ambassador and asked for a regular white car without bullet proofing. If someone wants to shoot me, shoot me. But as far as those who wish to shoot these bullets are concerned, we will not let them reach Delhi alive,” said Parrikar.

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