Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a Parivartan Rally in Kanpur in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on Monday. This is the sixth such rally to be addressed by Modi in the state.
He also lay the foundation stone of the country’s first ever Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur, the idea of which was conceptualised by him during his visit to Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education.
Here are highlights from Modi’s address:
• History will not record who was the PM who brought about this revolutionary change (of demonetisation) in eradicating corruption, but will praise the people.
• In our fight against corruption, we have been blessed by the poor.
• Those using debit and credit cards for payments will receive awards in a lucky draw.
• I am aware of their strength, when they can bribe bank officials, they can do anything but we have to fight this
• Now we are using technology to track those who have stashed black money; we are vigilant and raids are being conducted countrywide
• Now your mobile phones can become your banks and wallets.
• Not being accountable, corruption and doing as they please -- these have been the ways in which the Congress has been functioning.
• When Rs 1000 notes were in circulation , no one asked about those with Rs 100 notes. Now is the time for people with Rs 100 notes.
• I requested at the all-party meet that a discussion on how political parties get funds should take place in Parliament.
• It is the responsibility of political parties to set an example on non-corrupt practices. Especially about donations to political parties.
• An atmosphere should be created to have national and state elections together.
• I respect the Election Commission’s appeal to political parties to act against black money.
• Till the time the people don’t change the government in Uttar Pradesh, ‘gundagardi’ can’t be stopped.
• The Opposition did not allow Parliament to function as they were trying to protect the dishonest.
• Our agenda is to stop corruption, their (Opposition’s) agenda is to stop Parliament.
• Youth, if given the right kind of exposure and facilities, can contribute a lot in the growth of the nation.
• Many initiatives have been taken by the government to empower the youth, especially in Uttar Pradesh.