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Teary-eyed Modi appeals for support from people

STRONG STANCE:Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone for a greenfield airportat Mopa in Goa on Sunday.— Photo: Atish Pomburfekar

STRONG STANCE:Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone for a greenfield airportat Mopa in Goa on Sunday.— Photo: Atish Pomburfekar  

PM seeks 50 days to fight graft, eliminate black money

Four days after he announced the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an emotional appeal to Indians to give him 50 days to rid the country of black money.

He also promised more measures against the menace and asked the people to take the inconvenience in their stride.

The Prime Minister returned from Japan and attended three public functions in Goa, Belgavi in Karnataka and in Pune respectively, where he appealed for support in his drive against black money and corruption.

Reflecting the amount of political capital he had invested in the move, Mr. Modi almost broke down when he recalled his political journey: “I am not here to just occupy a chair, I left my home, I left my family to do something for the country.”

Mr. Modi spoke in Goa first, after he digitally laid the foundation stone for a new greenfield airport at the Mopa plateau.

“I know what kind of forces and what kind of people are against me now. I am looting what they had accumulated over 70 years,” he said, adding that he apprehended a threat to his life due to his strong stance against corruption.

“They will not leave me alive. They will destroy me. Let them do what they want. The nation should just help me for 50 days,” he said.

He further assured the nation that the demonetisation drive was not the end of his campaign against corruption and black money.

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