Demonetisation is not the end but the beginning of a “long, deep and constant” battle against black money and corruption and will benefit the poor and the common man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, as the BJP Parliamentary Party passed a unanimous resolution endorsing his “great crusade.”
Speaking at the first meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in the winter session, Mr. Modi said the poor and the lower and middle classes had suffered the most due to black money, fake currency and corruption and his government is working to rid the country of these evils and make the economy stronger.
Rallying around the Prime Minister at a time when Opposition parties have united to corner the government on the measure, citing hardships being faced by the masses, party MPs passed a unanimous resolution supporting demonetisation and gave him a standing ovation.
Hitting out at the rival parties, the resolution asked them to decide whether they stood by the people and the government or hoarders of black money.
While hailing the Prime Minister’s “great crusade” against corruption, it accused the Opposition of trying to provoke violence and chaos and disrupt Parliament, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.
“We have come to power not for us or those close to us but for the poor. For 70 years, the poor and the lower and middle classes suffered and have been exploited by black money, corruption and terrorism. Our aim is a deep, long and constant struggle against them. This is not the end but only a beginning of our struggle,” the Prime Minister said and cited measures like the setting up of a special investigation team on black money and Income Disclosure Scheme, 2016.
The resolution said the demonetisation move had people’s support, claiming it was “the most profound statement to have ever come from the country.”
People were queueing up for a better India and all transformative decisions cause some pain, Mr. Naidu said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the move is in benefit of the country and its people.
Terming it a historic decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also briefed the party MPs about different facets of the move and how it will help the economy.