Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Japan, addressed the diaspora community in Kobe on Saturday. Talking about his latest move to curb black money, he saluted the resolve of 125 crore Indian citizens who are facing hardships to help rid the country of corruption.
Speaking proudly about the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in circulation, the Prime Minter said, “On the night of 8th November, Rs 500 and Rs 1000..” and then gestured via his hands that they were scrapped to loud applause from the audience.
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The prime minister then went on to make light of the panic that he said was struck among money hoarders and said, “Pehle gangaji me koi 1 rupiya bhi nahi daalta tha, par ab usi ganga nadi me 1000/500 ke note beh rahe hai (In River Ganga where people didn’t even donate one rupee, now there are notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes flowing),” implying that the corrupt are doing everything they can to get rid of black money.
PM Modi said that while his government was committed to do everything to protect the interests of honest citizens, he would not spare those who hoard black money.