Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hit back at the opposition’s questions on demonetisation by attacking the Congress over the Emergency. In his first Parivartan Yatra address in Ghazipur, east Uttar Pradesh, he said Congress had turned the country into a jail for 19 months. He said there might be inconvenience for some 50 days and asked the people to trust him and his decision.
On the chaos surrounding the demonetisation, he said, “My decision to demonetise is kadak (tough) — the poor of this country like kadak tea.” Though he said he was pained by the troubles being faced by the common man, he said there will be difficulties when you do something different.
He said he asked the people to trust him in 2014, and “If I am banning Rs. 500, Rs. 1000 notes, am I not doing the job that you have given me?” He said, India has no dearth of money, but the trouble is the location of money.
“I had to stop corruption. I can’t go and check every house. So I changed all the notes into just worthless piece of paper,” he said.
Modi said that after this move, the dishonest had nowhere to go. “After demonetisation, the poor are enjoying sound sleep, the rich are running from pillar to post to buy sleeping pills,” he said.
Modi said, “There are some who are instigating housewives. I want to assure all of you that your hard-earned money is safe with the banks.”
Emphasising on Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary, Modi said he has come here especially on this day to “expose those who did not work towards fulfilling what Pandit Nehru had wanted to do.” He said Nehru had wanted to do demonetisation as well.
He said Nehru had formed a committee to study the dire state of farmers in Purvanchal, but all other PM’s didn’t follow it, but Modi pledged to open the files and work on it as a tribute to Nehru. He went on to announce a comprehensive crop insurance scheme.
He asked people for their blessing for ‘Mahayagya’ i.e. Demonetisation, which he called “the festival of honesty.” Uttar Pradesh will go to polls early next year.