Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that since he was not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha he has decided to speak at the ‘Jan sabha’.
Addressing a farmers rally in north Gujarat, the Prime Minister opened up about the logjam in the parliament over demonetisation and made this remark.”The government is agreeable, but the opposition is not letting me speak in Parliament so I have to talk to the people directly”, he added.
The PM pointed out the fact that no opposition party has asked him to roll back the decision of demonetisation which was proof enough. It is merely the method of implementation which is being contested. “You can criticise me to your heart’s content but prepare people for electronic banking. This is the right time for it and is sorely needed”, he added.
The prime minister defended his decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination currency stating that it accounted for 86 per cent of the country’s cash. “This one single move has broken the back of terrorism and naxalism, broken the back of fake currency and strengthened the hands of the poor and the upright”, he said.
Modi acknowledged the hardships people were undergoing but was quick to observe that this was in the country’s larger interest to take on terrorism and black money head-on. “In the interest of our future generations, the elderly generation has always made sacrifices. It is part of the Indian ethos in which selflessness occupies pride of place,” he added. The Prime minister urged the people not to waste their time standing outside banks and ATMs. “E-wallets have brought banks into your mobiles. Adopt technology, you will find that life becomes so much easier,” he said adding that he stood by his promise that people would see a sea change soon after completion of 50 days.
The Prime Minister took a surprise detour from his scheduled programme when he went to meet his mother at his brother’s residence on the outskirts of the state capital, Gandhinagar. He spent about 25 minutes with her before leaving for the state BJP headquarters, ”Kamalam”, his first after taking over as prime minister. This state headquarters of the party was conceived and built during his tenure and is perhaps the only party centre equipped with a helipad.