Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Opposition on Saturday for criticising the Centre’s decision to junk high-value notes, claiming credit for electrification of villages and making a development pitch to voters ahead of next year’s polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a BJP rally in western UP’s Moradabad, Modi said he would continue his fight against corruption and warned people trying to park their illegal incomes in poor people’s jan dhan accounts.
“I want to tell the poor in whose account money has been deposited, ‘don’t touch that money and ask for proof if they (those who have deposited the money) insist,” he said.
- Modi warned people trying to park their illegal incomes in poor people’s jan dhan accounts
- “This queue (outside bank branches) is the last queue to end all the queues.”
- For states like UP, Bihar and Maharashtra to progress, poverty must be eradicated from the grassroots.
“I have no other high command. The people of the country are my high command.”
He attacked opposition parties who have pointed to long queues outside banks and ATMs as proof of the government’s poor planning over the past three weeks since the scrapping of Rs500 and Rs1,000 was announced.
“For 70 years, the people of the country queued up for essential items. This queue (outside bank branches) is the last queue to end all the queues,” he said, to thunderous applause. He was looking for ways to put in jail those who were using jan dhan accounts to deposit illegal cash, he added.
The prime minister has been at the forefront of the BJP’s election campaign in India’s most populous state that goes to the polls early next year. The saffron party has been out of power in the state for more than a decade and is locked in a tough fight with the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress.
“Are hum to fakir aadmi hain, jhola leke chal denge (I am a fakir, will leave with the few belongings I have).”
Modi said he was fighting to weed out corruption in the country. “But I am surprised that some people of my country are accusing me,” he said.
“I am fighting this war for you and what will those accusing me do? Are hum to fakir aadmi hain jhola leke chal denge (I am a fakir, will leave with my belongings),” Modi said.
On his first visit to the brass hub of the country after becoming prime minister, Modi talked about poverty and development. “I fought election from UP because this is the biggest state of the country and poverty is prevalent here (in UP). I want to fight poverty of this state and country,” he said.
“I came to Moradabad late, but before coming I ensured that your years-long demand for electricity was met.”
Pitching for development in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said in order for states like UP, Bihar and Maharashtra to progress, poverty must be eradicated from the grassroot level.
He also thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for voting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in the 2014 general elections.