Moradabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to hard-sell his government’s decision to demonetise high-value currency at a rally in Moradabad on Saturday. In a speech that seemed to make a strong connect with a screaming crowd, Modi centred his pitch around the inconvenience that he said demonetisation had brought down upon those who hoarded black money.
“We had to stand in queue to buy sugar. We had to stand in queue to buy kerosene. We had to stand in queue to buy wheat. Thanks to those who ruled for 60 years, this country was wasting away in queues,” he said.
“What I have done is to start a queue to end all queues,” he declared. “Has this country not been held back by corruption? Does this corruption not need to be eradicated? Will this corruption go away on its own? Do we not need to root it out actively?” he asked the crowd. Each of these questions met with a loud ‘yes’ in response.
“When we started opening Jan Dhan accounts, poor people did not know how they would come of use. Are they of use now or not? Those who had hoarded black money are now running after the poor and ordinary among us. They are making small talk and then asking the poor people to deposit two lakh rupees in their accounts,” he said.
“Did they ever come to talk to poor people? But now, they keep circling the houses of the poor. Listen to me. If you have deposited money like this in your account, do not return it. Let the money sit in your account,” Modi said.
If they come back, threatening you to give the money back, write to Modi,” he added. “The idea is not to just bring the cash out from wherever it is being hoarded. The larger idea should be to shut the door ad prevent such practices from coming back,” he added.
PM Modi also made a strong pitch for development. “If one has to eradicate poverty from the country, it is essential to ensure development in the big states. There needs to a focus on large states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra, not only because of their size but also because these states have large populations living in poverty,” said PM Modi at a ‘parivartan rally’.
“It is because of the spread of development that there are now lights in many houses across the country. Yet, there are parts which are yet to see an electricity pole. These regions continue to live in the 18th century. We need to bring electricity poles to these places,” he added.