Opposition did not allow parliament to function to safeguard the corrupt: Modi

Modi attacked the opposition parties for stalling Parliament and accused them of running away from a debate on demonetisation.

Published: 19th December 2016 02:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2016 06:17 PM   |  A+A-


PM Modi (PTI)

By Express News Service

KANPUR: LUCKNOW: Announcing a bonanza to reward cashless transactions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that all those using e-payments since November 8, especially the small spenders, will be offered an incentive of Rs 1000. The scheme will start on December 25 and each day 15,000 people will be rewarded through lottery system. The scheme will go on for next 100 days. Even small traders receiving cashless payments will also be the beneficiary of the scheme.

“This is a step to promote digital transactions in a bid to put an end to black money,” said the Prime minister while addressing a huge Parivartan rally in Kanpur on Tuesday.

Taking on the opposition and accusing it of misguiding people over cashless transaction, the Prime Minister said that while on one hand they claimed that Rajiv Gandhi brought the telecom revolution in the country handing over a mobile phone to everyone, on the other they contradict themselves by saying that countrymen didn’t have means for cashless transactions. “It’s sheer lie. They should take one stand,” said Modi. Sharing the pain and miseries of the people are facing due to demonetisation of high value currency notes, Modi said that history would not remember which Prime Minister enforced demonetisation but it would certainly remember how the people fought war on black money braving all troubles.

He reminded the people that his government had sought 50 days to enforce demonetisation. He assured them the situation would be normal after that period as situation was improving with each passing day.

“It seems the country is divided into two parts today. On one side, there are those few who are opposing demonetisation, on the other there is whole country supporting the war on black money, he said adding that the battle against corruption would be won and situation would improve in the coming days.

Reiterating his government’s resolve to rid the country of corruption, the Prime Minister said that his agenda was to stop corruption while others had an agenda to stop Parliament. Despite President’s appeal they were not letting the house to function as they seemed to have hit hard by demonetisation. “They are united in opposing the battle against corruption and protecting the corrupt. This is the first time in country’s history that people were raising slogans in Parliament to save the corrupt,” he said.  “We are tracking black money through technology. It is for the people to see how corrupt are being exposed across the country. I am aware of their might. Those who are bribing bank officials, can go to any extent to save what they have stashed. But our fight against this malpractice will continue,” said the Prime Minister.

Calling upon the people to change the dispensation in Lucknow to end the ongoing hooliganism in the state, Modi said that the days of goonda raj in UP were over as people were tired of it. The Prime Minister said that UP was taken by a storm of change. “Those who are ruling the state are grappling with their own family issues. State is not a priority for them,” said the Prime Minister hinting at the infighting in ruling Yadav family in the state. Supporting Election Commissions’s proposal for simultaneous elections to Centre and state, the Prime Minister said it would reduce a lot of monetary burden. “It will also stop the use of black money in the electoral system.”

Reposing his faith in young power, the Prime Minister said that India is fortunate to have 65% population in 35 years age bracket. “The country is young and ready to reach new heights of growth as our youth is our strength,” he stated. Reiterating his government’s commitment to the poor, farmer and women, Modi said keeping his promise over 1500 villages had received electricity during the last two and a half years. “About 70-odd villages are left,” he said hoping that the rest would also be electrified if the state government would cooperate. He also mentioned the cooking gas cylinder scheme reaching every household to support housewives and the measures taken for benefit of farmers by stopping black marketing of urea for other purposes.


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