PM Modi says BJP’s wins in Maharashtra, Odisha show support for demonetisation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the BJP has won civic body and panchayat polls in several states after his government’s demonetisation exercise, an apparent jibe at Congress and other opposition parties who say that voters will give their verdict on the anti-poor move in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections

assembly elections Updated: Feb 24, 2017 15:49 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election rally in Allahabad on February 20.(AP file photo)

The BJP has “fared well” in civic body and panchayat elections in several states after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, as he wooed voters in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the fifth phase of the assembly elections.

“(The) BJP has fared well in all polls after demonetisation, be it civic polls in Odisha, Maharashtra and Chandigarh or panchayat polls,” Modi said at a rally in Gonda, implying that people had backed the government’s move which it said was a surgical strike on black money.

His comments are also aimed at the Congress-led opposition’s charge that the ban on high-value banknotes led to hardships for the poor and that the people will let give their verdict during the polls in the state.

“The poor can detect truth. Since I took stern steps against corruption and banned notes, big forces are out to mislead country,” Modi added in another jibe at the opposition.

“We will celebrate kesariya holi in UP and after forming the government the first decision will be loan waiver for farmers,” the Prime Minister added.

Voting in the fifth phase will be held on February 27 and an estimated 1.84 crore voters, including 96 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their voting rights.

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 15:37 IST