Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a dig at Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi over black money issue. In a direct attack on the opposition UPA, Modi said “those who were involved in the coal scam, 2G scam and other scams, now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4000”. “This suffering is only for 50 days. Once there is cleanliness (swachhata), not even a mosquito can fly. …. This is a 70-year old disease and I have to remove it in 17 months. I will expose corruption going on since Independence; even if I have to employ one lakh youths for this, I will do it,” he said. Referring to the criticism of the demonetisation move by opposition parties, he said “they thought if they pull my hair, I will do nothing. But even if you burn me alive, I am not afraid.” Revealing the efforts behind the demonetisation move, the Prime Minister said it was “a secret operation I started 10 months back and had formed a small team”.
Earlier, Gandhi queued up outside the State Bank of India’s Parliament Street Branch in New Delhi on Friday. The 46-year-old Congress leader had visited the SBI Branch as he wanted to stand with those who were facing trouble’s due to the government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Speaking to reporters at the venue, he said, “Gareeb vyakti ko kasht ho raha hai, mai yahan Rs 4,000 badalne aaya hoon (Poor people are in trouble, I am here to get Rs 4, 000 exchanged).” He also had asked the crowd, Kya apko yaha koi suit boot pehne dikh raha hai, yaha par sab aam log hai jo pareshan hai, par Modi ji ko isse kya farak padta hai. (Can you see anybody here who is high and mighty? Only the troubled common people are here. But how does it matter to Modiji?)” he said.