Next action will be against ‘benami’ properties: PM Modi

Hitting out at the erstwhile UPA government for not fighting corruption, Modi said "those who were involved in the coal scam, 2G scam and other scams, now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4000.

By: PTI | Panaji/belagavi | Updated: November 13, 2016 4:54 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on detractors of the demonetisation move, especially the Congress, saying those involved in mega scams were now standing in queues to exchange Rs 4,000 and announcing that more anti-graft measures were on the anvil including action against “benaami property.”

“This government does not want to bother honest people but doesn’t want to spare the dishonest. Bear with me for 50 days. Has India been looted or not? ….. I am not going to stop at this. I will expose the history of corruption of 70 years since Independence,” Modi said. “This (demonetisation) is not an end. I have more projects in mind to make India corruption-free. …. We will take action against ‘benami’ property. This is major step to eradicate corruption and black money … If any money that was looted in India and has left Indian shores, it is our duty to find out about it,” he said in his speeches, both at Panaji in Goa and Belagavi in Karnataka.

Modi, who got emotional while addressing a function at Panaji over the problems being faced by the people and the long queues in banks, urged them to bear with him till December 30, saying “I will give you the India you desired”. He stressed the need to go cashless and adopt plastic money.

Making a combative but emotional speech, he said he was ready to face the consequences of his moves as certain forces are “up against me” as their 70 years of loot was now in trouble as a result of demonetisation. “I know that (some) forces are up against me, they may not let me live, they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble, but I am prepared,” Modi said in the speech which saw him getting emotional a few times.

Hitting out at the erstwhile UPA government for not fighting corruption, Modi said “those who were involved in the coal scam, 2G scam and other scams, now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4000.

“When Congress stopped 25 paise, did we say anything? You could dare to stop only 25 paise, that’s what your power was limited to. But you did not make higher denomination currency notes illegal. … We did it. People have chosen a government and they expect so much from it.”

He said the people had voted against corruption in 2014. “I am doing what I was asked to do by the people of this country. This had become clear from the very first meeting of my Cabinet when I formed the SIT (on blackmoney). We never kept the people in dark.”

“Soon after assuming power, a Supreme Court monitored Special Investigation Team was formed to investigate the black money parked outside the country. Previous governments neglected this; Did I hide anything? We took a key step to help the honest citizens defeat the menace of graft.

“We collected Rs 67,000 crore under amnesty scheme. But in the last two years, through raids, surveys and declarations, the government has collected Rs 1,25,000 crore in its exchequer … I kept on administering small doses of medicine to improve the economic situation of the country since I came to power,” Modi said, referring to the Jan Dhan scheme aimed at financial inclusion.

Revealing the efforts behind the demonetisation move, the Prime Minister said it was “a secret operation I started 10 months back and had formed a small team. “The secret operation was of course not the one like (Defence Minister Manohar) Parrikar had launched (surgical strike in PoK). We had to print new currency notes and take other steps in secret”, otherwise the corrupt would have found other ways to deal with the situation.

Stressing the need to go cashless in transactions, he said “there is a talk about a cashless society and we should shift to plastic money. That’s why we have removed all taxes from debit and credit cards in the budget.”

He also asked to the people not to panic “by bartering Rs 500 for Rs 300” and get the full value of their hard-earned money. “There is pain due to demonetisation but more to gain.” Appealing to the people to bear with him for 50 days (till December 30), he said “if you find anything wrong with my intentions or my actions, hang me in public. I promise you I will give you the India which you desired. If someone faces problem, I also feel the pain. I understand their problem but this is only for 50 days and after 50 days we succeed in this cleansing.”

“I am not born to occupy the high chair. I have left my village, my family for the sake of the country,” Modi said. Observing that the entire population, barring a few lakh of corrupt people, were working to make this move sucessful, he said on the night of November eight when he had announced the demonetisation plan, “crores of people slept peacefully, but a few lakh (corrupt) were going to buy sleeping pills as they had lost their sleep.”

“You’ll be shocked to know that many MPs asked me not to make PAN mandatory for any purchase of jewellery,” he said, adding “today those who never used to take care of their widowed mother, are depositing Rs 2.5 lakh in her account.” “There are few who even dared to give me in writing (asking to relax it). The day I make their letters public, they will not be able to go to their constituencies,” he said.

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  1. S
    Nov 13, 2016 at 11:49 am
    if the opposition sits quietly now, they would be the biggest s. This w demonetisation scam is like a day light robbery where black money is turned white by brokers who have the backing of powerful agents at centr e. the w money squeezed from households is going to fundamentalists of this country
    1. S
      Nov 13, 2016 at 11:45 am
      this guy is just doing dramabaazi . earlier he said 2 days for the system to come to normalcy but now it has become 50 days??? meanwhile, he alerted his friends like adani who in reality should be brought to justice. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;where is the real black money from swiss banks??
      1. R
        Dec 15, 2016 at 8:35 am
        I have rupees 50,000 in old money can I change it next year.i live in uk
        1. I
          Nov 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm
          I'm with Modi on this issue. I hope his attempts at cleansing India of corruption succeeds.
          1. M
            Nov 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm
            Millions of hungry ppl ? Oh u mean those who havent paid taxes ! Yes those who enjo leading luxury life without paying tax let them be punishedlt;br/gt;Are we fools who pay full tax? Only if everyone becomes taxpayer we wont be burdened with high taxlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Education insution ownerslt;br/gt;Jewellery ownerslt;br/gt;All shops who dont pay correct taxeslt;br/gt;Restaurants and meal messlt;br/gt;Hawala ppllt;br/gt;Loan sharks lt;br/gt;Pawn shopslt;br/gt;Cinema peoplelt;br/gt;Grocery/convenient storeslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Those who dont pay or under pay the taxes in above categories are all for a tosssss very good the loads of cash stashed under their bed will be useless nowlt;br/gt;I salute our PM for such a movelt;br/gt;When jawans are risking their life just for a monthly ry its ok for us to stand in a queue and deposit the cashlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All are standing in queue to see politicians stage speech, and cinema hero movies y cant we stand for the noble cause hats off mr modi u have proved that ur the best choice of PM ever putting the country in front of u while most politicians see their selfishness to earnlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its good to see ppl who hav stashed wealth being Reduced to our level!lt;br/gt;Jai hind
            1. B
              Nov 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm
              Attack is the best form of defence it is said. Mr Modi is applying it fully. He chooses to overlook that BJP vehemently opposed demonetisation in 2014 when UPA wanted to do it. He can't stop saying "mein, mein, mein". Great PR stunt and the joke is on Indian public.
              1. C
                Chandu Shah
                Nov 14, 2016 at 9:39 am
                When are we going to deal with severely with Pappu's brother in law
                1. K
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                  Modi ji also stop 4000 rs exchange bring this figure to 1000 a day 4000 rs for a week as some are misusing it
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