ASSURING that the country will “shine like gold” after the 50-day deadline set by him on demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to support him, saying here on Sunday that all he was doing was meant for the poor and middle class of India. Addressing a massive ‘Parivartan Yatra’ rally of the BJP at the Kothi Meena Bazar ground, Modi said it was the corrupt who were making a hue and cry of his every decision as the country has not sent a “bikau maal (a person up for sale)” to Delhi this time.
“Aapki tapasya bekar nahin jayegi. Desh sone ki tarah tap ke bahar niklega (Your hardship won’t go waste. The country will emerge from this like gold),” said Modi, adding that there were no strict rules, and the conditions regarding demonetisation would be changed or moulded as per the convenience of the common people.
Surrounded by the Muslim-dominated localities of Agra, this ground was the same venue where BSP chief Mayawati addressed a rally in August.
“Uttar Pradesh ne bikau maal nahin bheja hai Delhi mein. Aapne poore dum ke saath gareebon ke liye jeene-marne wale insaan ko Delhi mein seva ke liye bheja hai. Ye ladhai lambi hai. Magar gareebon ke liye ladne ka anand kuchch aur hi hota hai. Mein aap ke haq ke liye ladoonga. In luteron se aapko bachane ke liye ladoona. Aur iske liye, mujhe aapka aashirwad chahiye (UP hasn’t sent a man who is up for sale to Delhi. You have sent with full strength a man who lives and dies for the poor. This is a long fight. But there is a pleasure in fighting for the poor. I will fight for your rights. I will fight to protect you from these looters. And for this, I need your blessing),” Modi said.
Demonetisation was done to save the country from black-marketing, black money and the corrupt, and not to trouble the common man at all, Modi said. The middle class, poor, Dalits, farmers, tribals, women were all with him, and he was grateful for that, he said.
“Maine desh ke saamne pehle hi din kaha tha, ye kaam bahut bada hai. Samay dene wala kaam hai. Takleef uthani padegi, aisa kaam hai. Asuvidha hogi, ye bhi maine kaha tha. Magar main hairaan hoon, mere sathi takleef jhelne ke baad bhi is kaam mein mere liye kasht utha rahe hain. Is kale dhan se desh ko mukt karane ke liye, desh ko bhrashtachaar se mukt karane ke liye, poora desh mere saath hai (I had said on the first day itself that this is a very big task. It is a task that needs time, will require people to bear pain, discomfort. But I am amazed that those with me, despite all the problems, are ready to do it for me. The whole country is with me to rid the country of black money, corrupt).”
Claiming that more than Rs 5 lakh crore had been deposited in banks across the country since November 10, Modi said banks would not keep this money but distribute it to the common man in form of loans, that too on lesser interest rates.
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He said people had been lining up to pay their electricity bills “jabse Modi ne haath lagaya (since Modi took up the task)”. The PM said the people who were not paying their bills included those who with links to politicians, and involved in black-marketing.
Talking again about the discomfort caused to people, he added, “Lekin kuchch logon ki to saari zindagi tabah ho jaye, aisa un logon ko dand diya hai maine (But to some, I have dealt a punishment that would destroy their lives).”
In remarks apparently directed at Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is leading the opposition parties against demonetisation, the PM said those who had hoarded money through the chit fund scam and “destroyed lives of crores” had been affected most by the demonetisation. “Aise log aaj mujhe sawaal pooch rahe hain (Such people are questioning me now)!” he said.
Commenting on the recently conducted strikes on the Line of Control, Modi said demonetisation would check both terrorists who kill soldiers as well as the terrorism of black money and corruption that kill people inside the country.
“Should I have let the country burn? Should I have let the youth die? How long will the country stay silent?” asked Modi, adding that other governments at the Centre had opted to remain quiet as they worked not for the country but themselves.
He said there were leaders who had lost everything due to demonetisation. “These leaders would tell their people that if you want to become an MLA, get us so many notes. What has become of these leaders?” said Modi.
The PM warned people against letting someone else deposit cash in their Jan Dhan accounts, saying this could land them in trouble.
Earlier, refusing to take welcome bouquets due to the train accident at Kanpur, Modi said the Centre would investigate the incident.
The PM also inaugurated the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Awas Yojna, which aims to provide affordable houses to all those living below poverty line by the year 2022.
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