Those accusing govt of not being prepared for demonetisation were themselves not ready: PM Modi

On Thursday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in his first remarks on demonetisation, called the scheme a case of 'monumental mismanagement', 'organised loot' and 'legalised plunder.'

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 6:53 pm
demonetisation, narendra modi, modi news, modi on demonetisation, cash crunch, currency crisis, narendra modi news, Rs 500 note, Rs 1000 note Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, delivers a speech after the awards ceremony of National Awards for Excellence in Journalism in New Delhi (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that those who accused the government of not being prepared for demonetisation were themselves not ready. His remarks came at a book release function at the Parliament complex.

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“The common man has become a soldier against corruption and black money,” the PM stressed amid repeated opposition attacks on the government. The Centre, on November 8, withdrew currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in a surprise announcement in a bid to flush out black money and weed out corruption. A united opposition, in both Houses of Parliament, has berated the government for putting common people in peril by making them stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs ever since the announcement. More than 60 people have reportedly died in incidents linked to demonetisation.

On Thursday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in his first remarks on demonetisation, called the move a case of ‘monumental mismanagement’, ‘organised loot’ and ‘legalised plunder.’ He asked PM Modi to come up with practical and pragmatic solutions to relieve common people of their distress.

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While PM Modi was present in Rajya Sabha for the demonetisation debate in the pre-lunch session, he was targeted by the opposition for missing the rest of the session. The opposition parties led by the Congress have clamoured for a statement by the prime minister on the demonetisation move. BSP chief Mayawati even challenged the prime minister to dissolve the current Lok Sabha and go for fresh elections seeking a new mandate. She rubbished the survey that was conducted on the Narendra Modi app asking people for their views on demonetisation.

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First Published on: November 25, 2016 10:35 am
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    Onkar Singh
    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:46 am
    Please read Economic and Political Weekly 19 Nov,2016,you may find news in it which may be music to your ears to find that the former CM of Gujarat had received bribe from two business houses.So,is bribe money,white or black money? please ask Modi?
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      Onkar Singh
      Nov 25, 2016 at 8:17 am
      Today Modi is an embodiments of corruption and a protector of those who generate black money.It news doing the rounds in market that Modi as CM of Gujarat had received bribe from two business houses.And the govt is tightly sitting on the files.Adani ,a friend of Modi,is involved in a money laundering case,and Modi is doing everything in his power to save him.So,where is Modi fighting black money?
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        Haren
        Nov 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        He is not prepared what a moron question?lt;br/gt;No, he was well prepared not to give any hint to anybody not even bank managers and bank clerks, who might get suspious, why they are calibrating ATM or why they are receiving new 500 and 2000 notes before nov. 8th.lt;br/gt;Do you think that he would give 72 hours notice to all corrupt guys and terrorist from stan?lt;br/gt;He gave them one year grace period to disclose black money and they did not comply.lt;br/gt;And in India people die, even in kumbh mela or in rally for politicians or in stampede of fake rumors. They are unruly to get ahead of everybody.
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          Haren
          Nov 26, 2016 at 11:51 am
          black money is fake economy and poor people are biggest victim of it, with sky rocketing of price of everything.
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            VP Joshi
            Nov 25, 2016 at 11:16 am
            Government had not prepared properly for demonetisation, says opposition. Opposition was not prepared, says government! How strange, what should the opposition have prepared for?
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              VP Joshi
              Nov 25, 2016 at 6:18 am
              What harm is there in taking the help of former PM and other well wishers to set the position right, instead of calling them names? America is your friend, but none nearer home?
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                Shoukath
                Nov 26, 2016 at 1:39 am
                And blaming others to be faithful or loyal to country actually these are the real terrorist. They should be put on trial.
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                  Shoukath
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 1:48 am
                  It's shame on media part who are corrupt and singing bjp tunes , media should be neutral but took huge bribes the owners of news channels and newspapers and bjp songs. Shame .
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                    Shoukath
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:34 am
                    These are all false claims of govt. who cheated common man. All the black of big goons was already converted in the months of Aug. and Sept. see not a single millionaire is in trouble only the poor daily wager and farmers labourers are suffering. And even see how corrupt are these bast*** bjp leaders who has already having two thousand rupees notes even before modi announcement on 8 nov. Can somebody explain how they got these rupees before govt. announcement. And see the bugger so called baba ram dev who is chatting on dice about black money conversion all corrupt terriost.
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                      Kavitha
                      Nov 25, 2016 at 7:03 am
                      People overwhelmingly supported government move to curb black money. The Italian mafia lady led Corrupt Party used its figurehead - soft faced economist turned mafia leader - to utter nonsense and allegations in the house, criticising the government move on curbing black money. No takers for his "expert" comments. The mafia party used its agent Kerjiwal mulla to make wild allegations. No takers for his allegations. Both have gone hiding now. They have also used the Corrupt judiciary to make loud mouth remarks to instigate riots. The Corrupt Paid mainstream medial already fully lost its credibility, so no one cares about the articles and editorials of the so called "intellectuals", who are really partners to the Corrupt Parties. The Italian mafia lady led Corrupt Party thieves, criminals, and terrorists, are really frustrated. Common man will be happy if these thieves are caught and put in jail permanently.
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                        Navan
                        Nov 25, 2016 at 7:05 am
                        The looters of 2G, Coalgate, CWG, National Herald, Augutha, etc., are in a big shock because part of their ill gotten wealth in cash has become worthless now. They can no longer use the agents to exchange their old money. If they use their supporters to deposit money in the bank, they will be caught again, as the government is planning to impose 60 percent tax on such deposits, which do not have proper explanations. The Italian mafia lady led Corrupt Party thieves, criminals, and terrorists, are really frustrated., that is why they are shouting and blocking the functioning of the house.
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                          Satyaki
                          Nov 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                          What sort of a coward shuts up in the Parliament where he can be shown his mistakes and talks outside where no one answers him
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                            Subbu.I
                            Nov 25, 2016 at 5:50 am
                            HALLO NALAYAK DICTAR HITLE TUGHLAQ COMBINE NMODI. WE CAN ALL SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOINGFOR LAST 15DAYS ie FROM THE TRSGIC DAY FOR INDIA 8/11. ALL AGREE THAT IS IN LINE WITH YOUR LOW IQ. UNPREDICTABLE NATURE. ARROGANCE AND EGO WITH BAD ATUDE. BUT WE DON'T UNDRER STAND IS WHY YOU ARE DOING ALL THIS DAY TO DAY MODIFICATIONS AND MORE SO FIRST OF ALL WHAT IS THE TIMING YOU HAD CHOOSEN?lt;br/gt;HISTORY WILL NEVER FORGET AND FORGIVE YOU FOR TAKEN INDIA BACK ECNOMICALLY 5 YEAS IN ONE EGOIST DECESION OF YOU.EVEN YOUR MASTERS IN NAGPUR MUST NOT HAVE AGREED FOR ALL WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR LAST FORTNIGHT OR SO.THERE IS IS TRUTH, YOU CAN WAKE A PERSONS WHOVIS FAST ASLEEP NOT THE ONE WHO PRETEND TO BE SLEPPING SO
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                              abhaykumar
                              Nov 25, 2016 at 5:36 am
                              If he made a mistake do u think all these chors mamta mayawati kejriwal Rahul would be shouting ..enough evidence don't need no survey
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                                alam
                                Nov 25, 2016 at 10:35 am
                                people are talking about taxes , black money etc but forgets the India Govt data that say 78 % of India's potion is farmers and agriculture is directly free of taxes.lt;br/gt;Still 45 % potion is with out bank account and almost same percentage has never used postal services in our country.lt;br/gt;And it is sure they are the most economically backward cl of India's potion.lt;br/gt;They are not staying in or near cities but in a villages where still electricity is a dream to come true.lt;br/gt;Most of them even doesn't knows the meaning of DEMONETIZATION . There cause govt has to consider since they are most affected part of our country
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                                  AM
                                  Nov 25, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                  I CAN SEE AN ANTI ESTABLISHMENT SELF HELP GROUP DENIGRATING THE GOVT ON DEMONETIZATION .. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ONE SIMPLE LOGIC ...THE GOVERNMENT/ POLITICIANS PERSONALLY HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN BY THIS ACTION .. IT CAN ONLY FLUSH OUT SOME OF THE ILL GOTTEN MONEY OUT OF THE SYSTEM .
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                                    AMAR
                                    Nov 25, 2016 at 5:55 am
                                    Country stands with you amid hardships
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                                      G V
                                      Nov 25, 2016 at 9:25 am
                                      Modiji !! Those who knew you from close quarters since years understood what was there behind your warnings and took it seriously. They were ready. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Those who did not take your warnings seriously were not ready. Value of your warnings has gone up manifold.
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                                        Anuradha Kalhan
                                        Nov 26, 2016 at 3:31 am
                                        Wasn't the idea supposed to surprise everyone except the government??lt;br/gt;The governments own preparations for it are shocking so who planned the surgical strike against balck money ?
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                                          ashok s
                                          Nov 25, 2016 at 10:37 am
                                          A wise conman and stupid netizens. As per reports that nearly black money Holder s paid advance ry's in tune to stited amount in cash and made employees sign vouchers that they will return the money in new currency. And in ledger it showed that the ry is arrears and not paid. Once everything gets normal . this black money holders like builders, jewellers. Etc etc will get their cash money back and then only pay there employees in cheques as usual . so netizens how this schemes worked with this cronies. This was well informed move by govt
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                                            ashok s
                                            Nov 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm
                                            How wise is govt or its officer s, conman and black money holders will always find their ways to float thru. As quoted below ry option in regular or unorganized sector amounts big cash flow . ha ha ha ha haaaa govt got trapped
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