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.”

Watch what else is making news:

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.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. P
    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.
    Reply
    1. D
      dd
      Oct 23, 2016 at 3:37 am
      Kya Baat hai. PM Ji aap Age Badho ham tumhare saath hai...
      Reply
      1. D
        din
        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm
        MODI has already traces
        Reply
        1. D
          din
          Oct 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm
          Who are those trillioners ?
          Reply
          1. D
            din
            Oct 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm
            it also proves congress did take black money and stolen money out
            Reply
            1. E
              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.
              Reply
              1. K
                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 !
                Reply
                1. K
                  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!
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments