PM defends note ban, says he has mandate for taking ‘bold decisions’

17 January, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday asserted that the decisions like demonetisation move taken by his Government was in tune with the crystal clear mandate given in 2014 wherein the people of India voted in “one voice” for a regime that could take “bold decisions”.
Modi also cautioned Pakistan vis-a-vis its role in promoting violence and terrorism and said, “India alone cannot walk the path of peace”. “Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India,” Modi asserted in no unambiguous term.

“In May 2014, the people of India also ushered in a New Normal. My fellow Indians spoke in one voice to entrust my Government with a mandate for change. Change not just of attitudes but of mindsets. Change from a state of drift to one of purposeful actions. Change to take bold decisions,” Modi said in his inaugural address at the Second Raisina Dialogue here.

The assertions from the Prime Minister about tough decisions come at a time when his Government is under attack by the opposition parties over the demonetisation move.

Modi said the people clearly wanted “a transformation that is embedded in the aspiration and optimism of India’s youth, and in the boundless energy of its millions”. “Every day at work, I draw on this sacred energy. Every day at work, my ‘to do list’ is guided by the constant drive to reform and transform India, for prosperity and security of all Indians,” Modi said.

In his address, the Prime Minister said while his ‘vision’ for neighbourhood around India has been for “peaceful and harmonious ties”, he clarified, “But, India alone cannot walk the path of peace. It also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make”. “Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India,” he said.

Strengthening his argument on India’s role vis-a-vis other countries in South Asia, he said with regardAfghanistan, despite distance and difficulties in transit and “amidst shifting politics”, the security engagement between two countries has deepened.

“The completion of Afghanistan’s Parliament building and the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam are two shining examples of our dedication to forge developmental partnership,” the Prime Minister pointed out.

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