Spread cashless idea: PM Modi to BJP workers

Besides thousands of workers from across the state, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his predecessor Anandiben Patel and almost all BJP MPs and MLAs were present at the event.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:December 11, 2016 2:11 am
Narendra Modi, demonetisation, demonetisation news, BJP-Narendra Modi, digital transactions, cashless economy, Gandhinagar, Modi in Gujarat, India news, Indian Express PM Modi at Deesa in Gujarat on Saturday. (Express Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed BJP workers to give them an insight into his decision to demonetise high-denomination currencies at Gujarat BJP headquarters, Shree Kamalam in Gandhinagar. He asked the party workers to promote digital transactions to help bring people under a cashless economy to curb corruption.

After addressing the rally at Deesa, in Banaskantha district of the state, Modi went to meet his mother Hiraba, who lives with her youngest son Pankaj in Gandhinagar, before heading for Kamalam. This was Modi’s first visit to the new party headquarters in the state since he took over as the Prime Minister.

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“As per a survey by the Reserve Bank of India, two-third of 1,000-rupee notes and one-third of 500-rupee notes circulated never returned to RBI,” Modi told the party workers, according to a release. “These notes are hoarded somewhere in the country as black money. The value of the rupee was constantly reducing because of the spread of this black money, and so, in the interest of the country, for the bright future of the common citizen of the country, this demonetisation decision has been taken.”

Besides thousands of workers from across the state, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his predecessor Anandiben Patel and almost all BJP MPs and MLAs were present at the event.

One notable leader absent was Porbandar MP and Patidar strongman Vitthal Radadiya. His son and cabinet minister Jayesh said Radadiya was “unwell” and thus could not make it. The senior Radadiya, who heads the Rajkot District Cooperative Bank, has reportedly been upset about curbs put on District Central Cooperative Banks by the RBI post-demonetisation.

During the interaction, Modi also congratulated the BJP on its victory in the local body elections in the state. Referring to earlier such instances of victories in local elections, Modi said, “Any victory of the BJP in Gujarat has an enthusing impact on politics of the entire country.”

A party leader said the Prime Minister addressed most of those present “by name and inquired after weddings and deaths in their families”.

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    Curious onlooker
    Dec 11, 2016 at 2:17 am
    Modiji is living in a fool's paradise. There is no need to spread cashless idea. People are already that and reduced to beggary. Making all people of India computer savvy may be an idea worth considered possible in the next millennium.
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    anonymous
    Dec 11, 2016 at 11:49 am
    Politics gains new heights in view of the upcoming election. To cover up the folly of demonetization, the Prime Minister is embarked on hyping Cashless Society which no where in the world is ever done. I live in the West and know in a real way, majority of the people avoid plastic as it has wreaked disaster on many and encouraged fraud and crime. I have lot of plastic on me and use it in caution. I use very much cash even in business transactions as it is honest and appreciated. Demonetization has never been the mode to check black money in any Western country but laws applied efficiently by the trained enforcement. It is a delusional experiment mainly targeting the Opposition, in many respects has misfired. On the other hand, it has caused lot of trouble to the people, very much so, in rural areas. It has done lot of harm to the economy in every sector. It is a very unwise and impulsive step delusional in nature.
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