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Modi makes emotional pitch

Narendra Modi in Goa

Narendra Modi in Goa  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impassioned speech on Sunday, on his return from Japan, points to the fact that he is determined to push through with demonetisation and is willing to invest a considerable amount of his political capital into the process. With Parliament set to meet from Wednesday, it would be interesting to see whether he is able to pull it off.

Mr. Modi almost broke down during his speech in Goa when he reflected on his political journey: “I am doing this for the poor, toiling and honest people who are working hard to survive. So that they can get their own home, their children get good education and their parents get care,” he said.

“This is not the end. This is not a full stop, I am openly saying. There are other projects in my mind to stop dishonesty and corruption in the country. These projects are coming,” he said.

The Prime Minister wondered why people should have been surprised with the demonetisation as he has been vocal and frank about his campaign against black money and corruption in the run-up to the 2014 polls and also by actions he had taken soon after coming to power.

Opposition unimpressed

The reactions to Prime Minister Modi’s speech among opposition leaders were sharp. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati asked that Prime Minister Modi “stop emotionally blackmailing the people of the country.” She highlighted the woes faced by the common man with the sudden withdrawal of certain currency notes.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi appeared unimpressed by the Prime Minister’s emotional pitch. He tweeted :"First laughter (referring to PM Modi's speech in Japan where he expressed happiness at "black marketeers" standing in queues at banks) now tears. Mediocrity comes face to face with reality."

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