Poor Sleeps Peacefully, Rich Buys Sleeping Pills: PM Modi


Lucknow: Addressing his first public rally since announcing demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Prime Minister on Monday said that it is because of this government that the poor are sleeping peacefully while the rich are rushing to the market to get sleeping pills.

The Prime Minister addressed a large crowd in Ghazipur in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Modi, who made his second visit to Ghazipur in two years, thanked the people of UP for playing a huge role in the BJP’s mammoth victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“It is the power of your vote, the vote of people of UP, that the poor are sleeping peacefully while some rich people need sleeping medicines,” said the PM, who laid the foundation for several rail projects and flagged off a new weekly express train between Ghazipur and Kolkata.

Taking a dig at the Congress, Modi said, “Pandit Nehru, your family members abuse me, your party abuses me but I am here to fulill what was left incomplete from your time.”

The NDA government is for the poor, it is for the farmers and it is for rural India, the Prime Minister said.

India has no shortage of wealth but the question is who has this wealth. I had promised you that our government will end corruption, the PM said.

I am aware that you are facing problems with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes ceasing to be legal tender. I understand your pain, the PM said, trying to firefight the chaos in the country in the wake of demonetisation.

Launching a scathing attack on his detractors on demonetisation, the Prime Minister said, “Some people are in pain because of our move, and these are not the common citizens of India”.