PM Narendra Modi hits out at Congress on opposition to demonetisation

"You had also agreed to stop (black money), but you did not have the strength to stop big notes. You wanted to run the vehicle (by stopping) 25 paise," he said.

By: PTI | Belagavi | Updated: November 13, 2016 6:49 pm
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Hitting out at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it did not have the strength to touch high value currency during its rule and asserted that the “clean up” was required as a lot had been looted in the last 70 years. “I am surprised that the Congress is asking why did I stop Rs 1000 notes and 500 notes. When you 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,” Modi said, as he took on Congress which has been critical of the Centre’s demonetisation move.


“You had also agreed to stop (black money), but you did not have the strength to stop big notes. You wanted to run the vehicle (by stopping) 25 paise,” he said.

Lashing out at the previous UPA government, he said, “On the night of November 8, at 8 o’clock, did you see (what happened)? In 2012, 2013, 2014 newspapers were filled with news about lots of money being eaten up in scams like coal and 2G. But after November 8, their position was such that they had to stand in line for Rs 4,000.”

“Those who question me today… those who had heard my speeches… I have not said this for the first time. Many years ago I had said in a public function that Congress doesn’t have strength so they are stopping 25 paise, if I’m given a chance I will stop Rs 1,000 note,” he said. The Prime Minister, who was speaking at the centenary celebrations of Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Society, a leading educational institution here, said the government did not want to harass the honest but would not spare the dishonest.

“… it has been 70 years, tell me has the country been looted or not? Has corruption taken place or not? Are big stacks of cash lying at houses or not?” the Prime Minister said, strongly defending “the war” against black money. “Enough has been looted. You have seen looters. For 70 years the country has been looted, give me 70 months I will clean it up,” he added.

“These people who used to ask what has Modi done? Switch on your TV and see what Modi did on 8th November,” he said. Stating that he has started a “sacred work” for the “honesty” people, he added, “If you believe in my honesty and my work, if you believe in my words to clean up notes I need you blessings, please bless me.”

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First Published on: November 13, 2016 6:42 pm
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    Chander Pal
    Nov 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    Congi, Didi and others seem to be rolling out crocodile tears for people in long lines outside banks. Remember delhi milk scheme booths, we had to line up at 4 am, even in winters, for milk and it used to be daily routine.
    1. R
      Nov 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm
      Dear Modijee today It took 2 hours to withdraw my money from bank but I am ready to bear this for next 100 days. Please destroy the empire of corrupts but these money must be used for poor otherwise I ll be on top in hating you, the way I hate Kejriwal now I was having very high level of expectation from him.
      1. J
        Nov 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
        the people of India are with you Modiji.. its is the corruptly rich and the undeserved politicians who have a problem. the common man has no problems.. we are with you Narendra Modi Ji
        1. D
          Nov 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm
          We know NDTV will hire paid crowd for their show to demoralize people....but don't worry..we all common maen with you Mr. Prime minister.
          1. D
            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm
            Our PM is doing a great job. The least we can do is to show support and appreciation. Our soldiers are laying down their lives for our nation and we are complaining about a few days of inconvenience! Shame on us and those politicians who are criticizing the PM.
            1. B
              Nov 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm
              bas ! all you politicians from across parties- just come and drink my blood . thats all i have left
              1. L
                Libral Culture
                Nov 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                Only Modi can do such senseless argument. 25 paise was removed as nothing is less than 50 paise is available in the market, moreover cost of production for 25 paisa coin would be more than a rupee. He talks about 2G, if there was a scam, he should put Raja and Kanimozhi in jail, they are roaming free. He can only do Jumla bazi, we are lucky that international crude price is 1/3rd of what it was during UPA, otherwise this guy would have messed up the entire economy. If he is serious about economy, then why is he not recovering bad debt from Adani, he is being granted fresh loan to pay old loan ....
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                  S Subramaniam
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm
                  All those who had encouraged holding of accounted money from 1947 onwards are responsible for this state of affairs.
                  1. S
                    Nov 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                    modi's steps..will cure evils aritificially jacking up land cost..paying in black for purchase of lands by politicians ..expensive weddings..after 2017 everything will become affordable for the it education or college education.. or treatment..from farmer to company owners everyone will be able to lead a decent life.when the people pay tax..the country will develop..a good teacher who cares for his students will reprimand them and drill them hard..that is what modi is doing.
                    1. R
                      Nov 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                      The situation in the banks can easily be managed during the transition period through some imaginative queue control measures such as increased number of counters, pre-counted Rs 5000 and Rs 10000 bundles for those withdrawing from their accounts to save on transaction time per customer, seeking volunteers (such as students, retired bankers, housewives, NGOs, Resident Welfare ociations, etc.,) to help illiterate/poorly literate to fill up the forms for exchange while they are in queue to ease their pain at the counter, filling up the ATMs with 100 rupee notes until new notes get calibrated, limited temporary seating arrangements for senior citizens and sick while in queue and many such measures (such as a thank you card with Modi's picture and GOI's emblem along with handing over of cash at the counters)lt;br/gt;This is a transformational measure and should not be allowed to fail - the pain period should be reduced to the minimum.
                      1. R
                        Nov 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                        Hopeless current govt. Congress is still sensable to know the common people amd their basic need.
                        1. K
                          Nov 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm
                          Banning 500rs and 1000rs note and launching 2000rs note. I don't find any logic in;br/gt;Also, if there is no adequent 100rs 50rs 20rs 10rs in the banks and atms what can people do with 2000rs note. for example I am having 2000rs note and want to buy 10rs maggi who will give me change and I cant able to swipe my card. PM has done great job. Now, lower income group ppl are going crazy they dont have any idea how to exchange old banned notes
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm
                            Without able to substantiate allegation of those stand in Que to exchange old currencies, why NAMO is making this statement, which is an insult to those poor/common people who had been left in lurch that and is having to beg Bank authorities for exchange of old currencies, that too with ideny proof.
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                              Shyamal Ganguly
                              Nov 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                              Only bogus Indians like Mumtaz Begum, Yechh, Mullayam, Uddhav, Kejri, Rahul will oppose the demonetization move of Mr. Modi. Question is : will any Judge of India would join these bogus people to save their stash becoming trash?
                              1. I
                                Nov 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                                INDIA desperately was looking for a LEADER who had the COURAGE to take some HARSH ACTIONS. Mr MODI will be remembers as a MAN of ACTION unlike Mr Manmohan Singh who did nothing for 10 years allowing W LOOT.
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