Black money drive: PM Modi warns more steps may come after December, ‘ready to check records up to Independence’

Narendra Modi equates inconvenience caused to people with ‘Japanese tackling 2011 quake for national interest’

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Kobe | Updated: November 13, 2016 8:58 am
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks as his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looks on during their joint statement in Tokyo on Friday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI11_11_2016_000196A) Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI Photo)

In his first public remarks on demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes since the November 8 announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on Saturday that there could be more measures against black money after the December-end deadline to deposit the scrapped currency.

In his speech lasting around 26 minutes, where he linked people bearing the inconvenience caused due to long queues at banks and ATMs with Japanese tackling the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake of 2011, for “national interest”, Modi indicated for the first time that there could be more steps against black money.

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Kuchch log sochte honge ki 30 December ke baad… toh aaj main phir se ailaan karna chahunga, ki yeh scheme poori hone ke baad, koi doosra kuchch aapko thikaney lagane ke liye nahin aayega, iski guarantee nahin hai (Some people think that after December 30, this all will end. I want to declare this once again that after the end of this scheme, there is no guarantee that something else will not be introduced to get rid of such people),” he said, to a round of applause from a gathering of around 500 NRIs, who have been living in Japan for decades.

Earlier in the day, the PM said black money to the tune of Rs 1.25 lakh crore had been unearthed over the last two years of his government.

Sixteenth minutes into his speech to the NRI gathering, Modi said, “Aap mujhe bataiye, chori ka maal nikalna chahiye ya nahin nikalna chahiye (You tell me, whether money that has been stolen should be exposed or not)?” The audience roared, “Nischit… chahiye (Yes, definitely).”

Stressing that honest people would not face any trouble, Modi said, “Main ye baat ko spasht maanta hoon ki bina hisaab ka agar kuchch aaya haath, toh uska desh jab se azad huya, uska hisaab check karney waala hoon (I believe this very clearly that, if anything unaccounted comes up, I will check its records going back to Independence).”

He added, “We will deploy as many people as required for this. Honest people will not face any problem. No one will be spared. Those who know me, they are intelligent as well. They think it is better to offer it in the Ganga than in banks.”

The PM referred to the people struggling at banks and ATMs at the beginning of his speech. “I used to think whether it is possible or not that people will bear the inconvenience for national interest… It is a new experience for me,” he said, turning to the crowd to ask, “Kaunsa wala (Which one)?” “Paanch sau wala,” the crowd, which reacted to his speech with applause and laughter more than a dozen times, replied.

“I salute my countrymen,” the PM went on. “People stood in line for four hours, six hours but accepted the decision in national interest the way people of Japan tackled the aftermath of the 2011 disaster… I salute each and every Indian. Many families had weddings, their mothers were ailing… they faced inconvenience, but they accepted the decision.”

Modi said that despite these problems, and despite attempts to provocate them, the common man was not abusing him. “Log moohn mein ungli daal daal ke kehte the… Modi ko kuchch bolo, kuchch Modi ke khilaaf bolo (People are egging them on… say something to Modi, say something against Modi).”

He said he had deliberated a lot on the demonetisation. “I thought long and hard about the possible difficulties, and it was also important to keep it a secret. It had to be done suddenly. But I never thought I will receive blessings for this.”

Modi claimed there were cases of sons and daughters-in-law depositing money up to Rs 2.5 lakh in their mothers’ accounts staying in old age homes. “After blessings from mothers like these, it is certain to be successful.”

Modi reached Kobe from Tokyo on Saturday afternoon, with he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe taking a train ride on the famed high-speed Shinkansen, more popularly known as the bullet train.

After having lunch at the local governor’s house, they also visited the Kawasaki factory, which builds coaches for the bullet trains.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Nov 13, 2016 at 8:28 am
    Pappu, Kejri, Mumtaz, Maya, Mulayam, Now dont make moronic statement.....give us more time. Now be ready for december. PM has already warned. Either keep all the black money in front of your houses, or face the music. Dont cry like a school bochildren as if you lost your bag?? Its all rotten money and property.............e clean and do some real service to people. Remenber 2014 elections..........u will be on roads soon if u dont mend ur ways. No more dirty cash dealings.............
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      ashiikhan
      Nov 13, 2016 at 10:40 am
      the cleanest party now is BJP. you know why? because they have converted all their black to white since they were informed of the demonetization move before hand. now our fekuchand is sucking money saved by housewives into bjp accounts
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        amritraj
        Nov 13, 2016 at 10:43 am
        all r$$ chaddis have made it their agenda to flock the online content with comments supportive of feku while the reality is crooked @d@n! and @mb@n! were informed beforehand
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          amritraj
          Nov 13, 2016 at 10:46 am
          curse modi for bad move
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            Dinesh
            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm
            Amritraj your comment are like time you go back were you came out of your mother's
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              Indian
              Nov 13, 2016 at 2:22 am
              Talking like a saint, but his own record has been dubious to put it mildly. As Kejriwal has said, all his party people and friends have been taken care of.
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                Indian
                Nov 13, 2016 at 3:13 am
                Thousands are protesting against Trump.
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 5:15 am
                  I as a com-mon sense man can understand the current situation and difficulties,---but one should understand that it is just for a sort time and interim,---when we all can fa-st for weeks and months during festive seasons,--why can't now???--after all it's the poor and com-mon man who will be benefit once the process is up and running and those who were holding bla-ck money will be que-uing up in banks,---thanks to sir MODIJI.
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                    MyTake
                    Nov 13, 2016 at 5:21 am
                    (Black money drive: PM Modi warns more steps may come after December, ‘ready to check records up to Independence’)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Players and Night Raiders here is the clue! Get ready for the rock and roll! Don't complain later that Modi did not warn!
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