PM Narendra Modi warns of ‘surgical strikes’ on black money

Modi focused on the need to “awaken responsibility among 1.25 crore Indians” towards persons with disability.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Updated: October 23, 2016 2:54 pm
Narendra Modi, Modi vadodara, Modi in Vadodara, Modi vadodara airport, Modi Vadodara news, Modi blackmoney, india news Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Vadodara on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first visit to Vadodara since he was elected in 2014, on Saturday hinted at “surgical strikes” on black money. Speaking at an event — the Swavlamban Samajik Adhikarita Shivir — to distribute aids and assistance to the specially-abled in Vadodara, Modi asked the crowd in Hindi, “Do you know what the entire world is praising India for currently?” The crowd chorused, “Surgical strikes.”

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Amid the chorus, Modi continued in Gujarati, “The economic growth of the country continues despite two droughts. The entire world is looking up to the progress India is making in its economic sector. Do you remember what made news before 2014? If you don’t remember, go back and check the headlines in the newspapers between 2013 and 2014. (It will read) so many crores in this, so many crores in that, coal and so on. Now, after 2014, since you have handed over the responsibility to me, what are the headlines you read? That the government is distributing assistive aids for the divyang (specially-abled) brothers… As much as one lakh crore (black money) has been pocketed… I haven’t done a surgical strike on this issue yet. When I do, everything will tumble out of the closet.”

In the run-up to Modi’s visit, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had put up billboards across the city that read, “Chhappan ka seena hai, sar uttha ke jeena hai” (have 56-inch chest, will hold head high). The BJP put up even bigger banners, featuring a pictorial timeline on Modi, since his days as a boy scout till recent times with defence personnel.

Modi focused on the need to “awaken responsibility among 1.25 crore Indians” towards persons with disability, but also emphasised on the efficiency of his government in reaching out to the marginalised and the needy sections of the country, unlike the “several crores of scams between 2013, 2014”.

Before Modi’s arrival, a cultural performance by the physically challenged and other professional performers made a direct reference to India’s recent surgical strikes across the LoC, with two performers, dressed as an Army officer and a terrorist, engaged in a gunfight.

Earlier, Modi inaugurated the new terminal of the Vadodara airport. “Two and three-tier cities have an equal potential for contributing to the country’s growth and development, if they can have the advantage of air connectivity. For the first time after independence, this government has prepared separate policy for the development of the aviation sector,” he said.

“Connectivity is very vital, both physically and digitally,” he said.

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    PN badri
    Oct 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    Modi indirectly accept recent IDS is failure considering his own home state for economic terrorism and warning his own home state brothers/sisters for concealing wealth. Surgical strikes against black money is practically impossible to adopt since all political parties depending on money bags. What happened to several trillions parked by Indians in overseas soils.
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      dd
      Oct 23, 2016 at 3:37 am
      Kya Baat hai. PM Ji aap Age Badho ham tumhare saath hai...
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        din
        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm
        MODI has already traces
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          din
          Oct 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm
          Who are those trillioners ?
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            din
            Oct 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm
            it also proves congress did take black money and stolen money out
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              Eknath Meshram
              Oct 24, 2016 at 1:25 am
              The government is encouraging blackmoney by allowing 55% blackmoney as white money after paying 45% income tax on entire collected black money.The question of surgical strike on black money will arise or the surgical strikes will be done selectively to har a few opponents.
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                Kamal Gaur
                Oct 23, 2016 at 3:04 am
                Are Congress to mani aur jani pahchani chor hai, BJP to usase badi chor hai. Choro se 15-20 hazar karod udhar lekar chunav jeetane vali party asli choro par kaise surgical strike karegi !
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                  Krishna
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 7:02 am
                  Nice place to start. some cohorts have suddenly become huge. State crony capitalism? They are all the same. Our political system stinks. L B Devi have a life and stop trolling!
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                    L bhadrapati Devi
                    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:09 am
                    Prime Minister also need to note down how Kongress and other so claim secular fronts parties have been looting govt sponsored PDS items in connivance with officials, agents and Business community. In am, many flour mill owners diverted Atta and Moida meant for PDS to earn crore of money because amese are not wheat and maize eaters. Also, the agents distribute old stocks atta and Maida not to take for human consumption.
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                      L bhadrapati Devi
                      Oct 23, 2016 at 6:14 am
                      So, most of the Atta and maida under PDS are not taken by beneficiaries of rural am. Every month, more Rs 30 crores are making by mill owners. In order to convert black money so earned from such mean into white many shopping mall and apparel shops are opened in different parts of Guwahati. So, Modi surgial strike can make poor people rich and no requirement for PDS items for future.
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                        L bhadrapati Devi
                        Oct 23, 2016 at 5:10 am
                        The downfall of Kongress and AAPtards doesn't make any loss to the country. The total bankruptcy of big corp orates in India will throw out crores of jobs seekers in the street.
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                          L bhadrapati Devi
                          Oct 23, 2016 at 11:20 am
                          It is an example of confessing by an offender when judge told them an insect is sitting on his head.
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                            L bhadrapati Devi
                            Oct 23, 2016 at 4:12 am
                            Kongress and Aaptards are now afraid of surgical strike against corruption and black money in the name of donation. Aaptard has now shut down it website for list of donor to hide the unauthorized flow of money using its donation route.
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                              mathimathi
                              Oct 23, 2016 at 9:25 am
                              Feku Ji just roared. But He He can't bring back black money from swiss.
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                                mathimathi
                                Oct 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                Now all Feku friends adani babas sanyasis holding black money in Swiss.
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                                  M Prabhu
                                  Oct 23, 2016 at 4:31 am
                                  If PM Narendra Modi ever thinks of conducting economic surgical strikes on corporate big wigs like Ambanis , Adanis and the Ruias who have looted the nation; than the likes of Ambanis will carry out a pre-emptive strike of PM Narendra Modi himself - his plane/helicopter will drop from the sky!
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                                    M Prabhu
                                    Oct 23, 2016 at 1:16 am
                                    PM Narendra Modi should put his words into play by conducting ' economic surgical strikes ' on the Ambanis, the Adanis, the Ruias to name the few who have looted the nation for many decades. Than he has to conduct another ' economic surgical strike ' on the members/ministers of BJP government itself namely Shivraj Chouhan, Raman Singh, BS urappa and Gadhkari to again name a few of the BJP who too have looted the states/nation where they are/were chief ministers/ministers.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Than the educated youth of the nation will believe and have confidence on PM Narendra Modi and will re-elect the BJP for another 5 years term at the center.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The loot amed by the above persons will be the iceberg itself - so far only the small fish has been netted into the amnesty granted by the govt, representing only the tip of the iceberg.
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                                      Mayur Panghaal
                                      Oct 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                      Believe it or not !!lt;br/gt;BJP and Cong were caught and convicted by HC for taking foreign funds which is banned for political parties under FCRA.As a result they shd have been derecognized and folded up.But guess what they did ?lt;br/gt;They changed the law itself with retrospective effect and now its legal for Indian Political parties to take foreign money !!lt;br/gt;Nowhere in the world is this allowed !! Feku has sold the country !!
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                                        Mayur Panghaal
                                        Oct 23, 2016 at 3:49 am
                                        We are waiting for surgical strike on feku gang in 2019
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                                          Devisahai Meena
                                          Oct 23, 2016 at 9:04 am
                                          It were people thought for complete/one time surgical strike in mid-2019. Modiji need not to worry uch. lt;br/gt;Internal calm make external threat die.
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                                            velaler.com velaler
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm
                                            The fight between black and white has been there since inception. Both are equally contributng to the economic growth of the Country. It is human nature to save his hard earned money. High Tax Rates force people to evade tax.Baba ramdev and noted economist Subramaniam Swamy had proposed to do away with income Tax. By doing so there will be no black money problem and will lead to higher growth in the country, thereby adding dollars to Govt. coffers.This proposal may be examined by econnomists and Finance Ministry.
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