Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her continuous protest against demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that political leaders behind multi-crore chit fund scams are attacking him as they have been hit hard by demonetisation. Addressing a ‘Parivartan rally’ in Agra, Modi cautioned people holding Jan Dhan accounts not to allow themselves to be used for laundering the money of the rich by depositing their ill-gotten wealth as they could unnecessarily get into problems with law.
Here are his top quotes
# I know what sort of people are raising their voice against me? Does the country not know whose money was invested in chit fund business? Lakhs and crores of poor people invested money in chit funds. But with the blessings of politicians, crores and crores of rupees have vanished. Due to chit fund loss, hundreds of head of families were forced to commit suicide. Look at history and they are questioning me.
# For how long will the country keep quiet? They (previous governments) kept quiet for 70 years. Not because they were unaware of this disease. They worried less about country and more about power. That’s why they were not ready to take any step (to check it).
# I have come to request you. These corrupt people are very cunning. They may approach you to deposit Rs 2.5 lakh in your account. They can ask you to return Rs two lakh after six months and offer you Rs 50,000. But please do not let these people take advantage of you. Law is very tough… the corrupt would say it is not my money and the people in whose accounts the money is deposited will be answerable. Unnecessarily poor will have problem with law. I do not want my brothers and sisters to have any problem.
#As I said on the very first day when I announced the decision, it is a time-consuming process. It will cause inconvenience and a little hardship but, I believe, the nation will come out victorious from this test by fire.
# There is a big jolt to the business of fake Indian currency notes due to demonetisation.
# I have asked for 50 days. It’s been just 10 days and over 5,000 crore rupees have already been deposited in banks… the banks will infuse this money in the markets.