MUMBAI: Warning the “dishonest” that their hardships would increase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed on Saturday that the government had begun a war on black money and corruption that would not end until a decisive victory was achieved.
“The nation of over 125 crore people has given us a clear mandate for the first time in the past 30 years. The mandate is for our war against corruption and black money.
We will not stop until we emerge victorious,” Modi said at a rally on the BKC ground in suburban Bandra to mark the foundation-laying ceremony of the Shivaji memorial and other infrastructural projects which he said were worth around `1.06 crore.
Referring to his December 30 deadline regarding the cash crunch, he said, “Dishonest people should understand that the country will not tolerate corruption anymore. After 50 days, the hardships faced by the honest will start to ease, but the problems faced by the dishonest will increase.”
The PM also thanked the people of Maharashtra for “reconfirming their trust” in the policies of the State and Central governments and praised the Fadnavis government for its quick work on infrastructural projects. Before the rally, Modi performed jalapoojan and bhoomipoojan at the Shivaji memorial site and described how Shivaji’s policies serve as an inspiration even after over 350 years.