New Delhi: In a veiled attack on the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the nation for bearing the pain post demonetisation and said the people have given a befitting reply to those attempting to mislead them.
“I congratulate the people for not only enduring the pain but also for giving appropriate answers to those who were trying to mislead them,” Prime Minister Modi said in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
Prime Minister Modi said many people had written to him and some had praised the government’s move to demonetise Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes. However, they have also spoken about the problems they faced due to demonetisation, he said.
“Many are writing to me- ‘Modi ji thak mat jaana, ruk mat jaana aur jitna kathor kadam utha sakte ho uthao’. The people wrote to me about the problems they faced during recent times, some praised demonetisation and how it is an effective step in fighting corruption. Gurumani on MyGov app have appreciated government’s effort to curb black money, his sentiments are shared by rest of the country. I thank the people as they not only went through hardships but also answered back those who tried to mislead them,” he added.
“Lot of questions are being raised on frequent change of rules, but I want to say that I have decided to take those indulging in corruption,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi said black money hoarders are being nabbed across the country.
“Secret is that information by common people enables us to do it,” he added.
Assuring the nation that this is not the end but the beginning of his government’s endeavor to fight against corruption, Prime Minister Modi said, “It is our priority to do whatever it takes for the betterment of our nation. People are spreading rumours that political parties are exempted, this isn’t true.”
Regretting the washout of the Winter Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Modi said, “If Parliament would have functioned there would have been fruitful discussions.”
He also stated that even the President and Vice-President expressed their concerns over repeated disruptions during the Winter Session.