Give me 50 days to root out Black Money – Emotional PM Modi | Video
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday choked with emotion as he appealed to people to give him 50 days to end their hardship after his government abolished high-value banknotes during an impassioned speech in Goa on Sunday.
Empathising with the “honest” common people on hardships they were facing following his demonetisation move, he almost choked up while talking about the “sacrifices” he made for the country.
The BJP-led government pulled 500- and 1,000-rupee notes out of circulation from November 9 in a blitz against black money, counterfeits, fake currency, corruption, and terrorist funding. But the switch hasn’t been smooth with banks and ATMs kiosks recording long queues of people waiting for hours for their turn to deposit defunct notes and get new ones, triggering public anger and opposition’s criticism.
Modi defended his government’s decision on Sunday, saying this is “an important step in my fight” against black money and corruption.
“I know what kind of powers I have taken on. I know the kind of people who will be against me now. I am looting what they had accumulated over 70 years,” Modi said in his speech at the Shama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Bambolim village near Panaji.
“They will not leave me alive. They will destroy me. Let them do what they want. Fifty days help me. The country should just help me for 50 days,” Modi added.
His appeal is viewed as a counteroffensive to blunt the opposition’s move to corner the government over the demonetization exercise.
“Did you think Modi will just come and go like other political parties … I am not here for the qursi (high office). I left my home, family, everything for the country,” he said.
Modi’s political rivals called the government’s decision anti-poor and anti-farmer, saying the poorest section of society is facing the maximum hardship as they often keep hard cash at home for various expenses.