Poor have accepted note ban; not afraid of criticism; poll situation in BJP’s favour: PM

07 January, New Delhi

Describing his step of demonetization as ”historic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sataurday said the support of the country’s poor had given him strength to withstand all the criticism that the measure had invited.

”These two months have shown the power of the Indian society, its inner strength to fight the evils, and the poor despite hardship had accepted note ban by heart,” The Prime Minister said in his valedictory address at the second and final day of the BJP National Executive meeting here.

Briefing mediapersons about the Prime Minister’s remarks, senior BJP leader and Minister for IT and Law Ravi Shankar Prasad said here that the Prime Minister stressed that he unregulated flow of cash leads to corruption and his step for note ban was aimed at that goal.

”Criticism is welcome. We should not be afraid of allegations. It is our inner honesty and resolve that will take us forward,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Modi while pointing out that he was born in poverty and had live through poverty, saluted the inner strength of the poor.

Poor and poverty are not poll plank or vote bank for me. Poor have the strength to beat poverty and my government will endeavour to help them in the task,” the Prime Minister said.

”There are some who only cared for their life style, and we have no dispute with that but the priority of the government is to improve the quality of the life of the poor,” Mr Modi said.

Noting that the Assembly polls were coming, the Prime Minister said the situation was in favour of the BJP and asked party workers to work hard at the booth level.

The Prime Minister also called for transparency in polls funding and electoral reforms, including simultaneous elections to the Assemblies and the Lok Sabha.

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