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PM Modi takes veiled digs at Mamata, Congress over demonetisation issue

india Updated: Nov 20, 2016 21:30 IST
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BJP’s Parivartan rally in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, on November 20, 2016.(ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said political leaders behind multi-crore chit fund scams were attacking him as they had been hit hard by the demonetisation of Rs 1000 and 500 notes, in remarks seen as a sharp attack on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

“I know what sort of people are raising their voice against me. Lakhs and crores of poor people invested money in chit funds. But with the blessings of politicians, crores and crores of rupees have vanished... Look at history and they are questioning me,” he said in a seemingly indirect attack at Mamata. The chief minister has been vociferous in her attacks on Modi and even rallied some members of the opposition to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan in protest against the demonetisation.

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Some Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, the ruling party in West Bengal, have been arraigned before courts in cases relating to chit fund scams.

Modi also used the occasion to hit at governments in the past 70 years, saying nobody had taken on the corrupt to protect their power. This was largely seen as an attack on the Congress, the BJP-led NDA’s principal opposition party that has also been championing the protest against demonetisation.

The Prime Minister further urged people to not allow the rich to use their Jan Dhan Yojana accounts to launder their black money, saying they could get into unnecessary trouble with the law.

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