Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday strongly defended the government’s demonetisation move as a war against corrupt people in India that would continue till its victory with the support of the 125 crore people of the country.
Addressing a rally at Bandra Kurla Complex here, Modi said while his government has launched the war from day one of assuming power, on November 8 at 8 pm it stuck a fatal blow to corruption and black money hoarders in the form of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
“I had promised that the common people will have to bear the brunt of demonetisation for 50 days. After that, the sufferings of the masses will lessen and the real problems will begin for those handful of people indulging in corruption and black money hoarders,” Modi said. He extended an invitation to such persons to come clean, pay their tax dues and honourably join the national mainstream with the 125 crore population.
“This is the beginning of the end of the corrupt. Come back and respect the laws. I assure, we will not hang you, but you will have to shell out what rightfully belongs to the people of this country,” Modi said. The PM pointed out how there were attempts to misguide the masses, instigate them against demonetisation, rumour-mongering, but common sense prevailed and the people refused to fall prey to these tactics and wholeheartedly endorsed the nationalist move of the government.