Modi in Gujarat's Deesa: PM says Opposition won't let him speak in Lok Sabha, so he's addressing Jan Sabha

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a farmers' rally in Deesa, Banaskantha district in Gujarat on his day-long visit where he raised the issue of demonetisation and the lack of support from the Opposition in Parliament over this move. Opposition has been stalling the Winter Session of Parliament over the note ban issue and the prime minister lambasted Opposition for not being on board with a plan which takes the country on the path of development.

"Government has always said we are ready to debate. I am not being allowed to speak in Lok Sabha, so I am speaking in the Sabha. Happenings in Parliament anguished our President, who has tremendous political experience. Demonetisation has broken the backbone of terrorism and Naxalism. I am fighting against terrorism as fake currency is fuelling and funding their activities."

Taking a jibe at the Congress party, he said, "Merely talking about the poor is different from working for the poor, something that the NDA government is always doing."

"Criticise me, highlight people's problems but also inform masses that they do not need to stand in queue and can use mobile banking. Those who have laundered and hoarded money post demonetisation will not be spared."

He also sought support from the people for his demonetisation move, "I want to assure the people of the country that no one will be spared. I am standing by the side of honest people who have been instigated against me. For 70 years the honest people of this country have been harassed by the government."

Modi drew parallels between the empowerment of Rs 100 note post ban on high denomination notes and the empowerment of the poor in the nation.

He said, "What was the value of the Rs 100 note before 8th November? What was the value of the Rs 50 note? Nobody cared about them. I have taken the step of demonetisation to strengthen the poor of this country."

While explaining his motives behind demonetisation, Modi also talked about ushering a digital revolution in terms of banking. He said, "There is no need to waste your time standing outside banks or ATMs, e-wallets have brought banks to your mobiles."

Modi was in Deesa to inaugurate a cheese factory of dairy major Amul during his day-long visit to Gujarat. Over two lakh people attended his rally.

After his programme in Deesa, Modi visited state BJP headquarters at Koba in Gandhinagar, his first visit since he took the top office at the Centre.

Politicians react to Modi's speech

Senior politicians like JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav  and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee commented on Modi's Deesa speech and said that the PM should give his speech in the Parliament.

Updated Date: Dec 10, 2016 13:41:09 IST