Poor have accepted demonetisation, we don’t see them as vote bank: PM Modi

PM Modi expressed confidence that BJP would perform well in the upcoming polls, including in the politically important Uttar Pradesh

Poor have accepted demonetisation, we don’t see them as vote bank: PM Modi

Prime  Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday set the mood for BJP's campaign in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, saying the poor and poverty were not vote banks for the party but “an opportunity to serve”, and despite their sufferings poor had been “extremely supportive” of demonetisation. PM was delivering the concluding speech at the two-day national executive of the BJP.


Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted the PM having said that  “the poor of India have the inner strength to fight their poverty and it is the government’s intention to strengthen them” and they had voluntarily responded to his request for note ban.

Modi addressed the audience comprising former party chiefs, incumbent BJP chief ministers and party delegates from across the country, and said:  “For us, poor and poverty are not just about winning elections; we do not look at them only through the lens of vote-bank politics. This is our opportunity to serve because serving the poor is equivalent to serving the Lord. I was born into poverty and have lived it. Do not be scared of any criticism or accusations. Our inner conviction will see us through."

Saying unregulated flow of currency was the "mother of corruption" he defended the move to demonetise high-value currency notes and added that the "evil of properties" gained its strength from cash and that corruption gave birth to poverty.

PM Modi expressed confidence that BJP would perform well in the upcoming polls, including in the politically important Uttar Pradesh. Asking workers to focus on booths he said,  “The situation is in our favour in the elections.”

The Prime Minister cautioned party activists against forcing the leadership for tickets. “We are all for transparency in political funding and the prime minister spoke about the need for transparency in elections,” quoted Prasad.

BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe made a presentation using data from the Niti Ayog and other government sources to show how the party-ruled performed well compared to other states. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan also talked about how to double the income of farmers.