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Demonetisation has hit those seeking money for poll tickets: PM Modi

black money crackdown Updated: Nov 20, 2016 19:05 IST

PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Agra.(ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday his demonetisation decision had severely hit the parties whose leaders seek money in lieu of tickets for contesting Assembly polls.

Addressing a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Modi said the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes was not intended to cause harassment to the common people but they will have to bear the “trouble” for 50 days to ensure a bright future for the coming generations.

He expressed confidence that the objective of ending corruption and black money, which was the reason behind the decision, would be achieved.

“I know some people have lost everything (because of demonetisation). (If) you have to become MLA, bring so many notes, then you will become an MLA. Notes had been stashed. What will happen to these notes? Whom did these notes belong to? Did these not belong to the poor and honest people? This game should come to an end,” Modi said here in the poll-bound state.

Modi’s comments are seen directed at BSP chief Mayawati who has been accused of taking money in lieu of giving tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls due early next year.

Some of Mayawati’s former party leaders, like Swami Prasad Maurya, have accused her of “auctioning” tickets for the 2017 Assembly elections. Maurya made the allegation while announcing his decision to quit BSP on June 22.

Mayawati has denied such allegations.

“This is our effort to ensure that the middle class gets its due, aspirations of the poor are fulfilled and exploitation of the middle class comes to end. This black economy is making the country hollow from within,” Modi said.

“I have taken this decision not to cause harassment to anybody. I have taken this decision for the coming generations and change the fate of our youth,” the Prime Minister added.

He said he had stated on the first day of the announcement on November 8 that it will take 50 days for the changeover. “Had I sought 50 days or not? This is such a big country and the decision is so huge that there will be some trouble,” he said.

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