Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday warned of ruin for the dishonest people after the expiry of the December 30 deadline for depositing scrapped currency and said they should not underestimate the mood of the country against corruption. “Dishonest people, you should not underestimate the mood of 125 crore people. You will have to be afraid of it… Time has come for ruin of dishonest people. This is a cleanliness campaign,” Modi said. “After 50 days (from November 8), the troubles of honest people will start to reduce and the problems of dishonest people will begin to increase,” Modi said. PM Modi was addressing a gathering at MMRDA ground in the Bandra Kurla complex, Mumbai.
“We took a big decision against black money and corruption on November 8 and 125 crore Indians endured pain but did not stop supporting me. I want to assure people of the country that this battle won’t end till we win it,” he said. Hitting out at parties opposing demonetisation, he said, “this is not a simple battle. Those who have consumed malai (cream) did not leave any stone unturned to foil this (demonetisation).”
“The corrupt have made all efforts to defeat the decision (demonetisation). They even thought of managing bank officials to get their black money converted into white. And that’s how many of them got caught,” he said. “I said there will be pain for 50 days (after demonetisation announcement),” he said, adding people are ready to bear the pain in the country’s interest.
“People have borne the troubles in the country’s interest and are willing to do so in future too,” the PM said. Modi alleged that those who benefited from corruption during the earlier regimes “in last 70 years” did all they could to ensure the demonetisation move by him does not work. “Those who are used to a certain type corrupt practices for last 70 years, will have to pay the price of their acts,” he said.
“Time has changed and after a gap of 30 years, a government with full mandate is in power. One should not forget it. The country will change, will move forward and will hold its head high before the world,” the PM said.
“Let me make one thing very clear: This government will continue to follow sound and prudent economic policies,
to ensure that we have a bright future in the long-run. We’ll not take decisions for short-term political point-scoring. We’ll not shy away from taking difficult decisions, if those decisions are in the interest of the country,” Modi said.
The PM invoked Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and said, “Even in the midst of struggle, Shivaji Maharaj remained a torchbearer of good governance. Shivaji Maharaj was a multifaceted personality. So many aspects of his personality inspire us.”
Earlier in the day, he laid foundation stone for the memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji on board a hovercraft in the Arabia Sea situated off the Mumbai coast.
He further added, “I’m grateful to the Maharashtra government that I was given this opportunity to lay the foundation stone for Shivaji memorial.” He said that the strength of Indians will bring about a change in this nation, adding that the country will change for the better and grow. “‘Vikaas’ should be sustainable, and should offer opportunity to the poor to empower themselves,” PM Modi said. He regretted that even after 70 years of independence, 18000 villages were forced to live in the 18th century.”
with PTI inputs