At the time when most in the country were waiting in queues to withdraw cash, Union Home Minister took the opportunity to take a jibe on Pakistan in Bhojpuri, stating how he wants nothing except silence in Pakistan.
"Na aata chahi na tata chahi, humhi ke Pakistan mein sannata chahi (we want nothing except silence in Pakistan)," the minister said on Saturday while speaking to a Bhojpuri-speaking audience in Lucknow, PTI reported.
Singh, also called for unity among all the countries to face the biggest threat to the world posed by terrorism and asserted that the Centre's move to demonetise high-value currency notes will go a long way in curbing it.
"The biggest threat to the world is posed by terrorism...the entire world will have to unite against it," he said at a programme organised by Bhojpuri Adhyan Shodh Sansthan in Lucknow.
Replying to a query during an informal interaction with the media, Singh said the decision to scrap the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes should be viewed in the light of terrorism and how it will go a long way in checking it.
"Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI, who were running their terror activities through fake currency, are most troubled because of this decision," he claimed.
Stressing that the government will make all possible efforts for the promotion of Bhojpuri, the home minister said he has talked to the prime minister about the inclusion of Bhojpuri language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution and the prime minister has agreed to it.
The inclusion of Bhojpuri in the eighth schedule of the Constitution is a long-pending demand of the people of the Purvanchal area of the state.
— With inputs from PTI