Acknowledging the difficulties thrown up by the note ban decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to calm down and assured people that after 50 days, things would get better for sure.
He also said that it was not an ordinary decision, and is full of difficulties. However, he assured that it will rid the nation of corruption.
“Agar 30 December ke baad meri kami reh jaye, koi meri galti nikal jaye, koi galat irada nikal jaye, aap mujhe chaurahe mein khada karenge… khada ho ke desh jo saza kahega wo saza bhugatne ko tayyar hoon. (I have asked for 50 days from the nation. If after December 30, I am found wanting, am guilty of error or wrong intentions, I am ready for any punishment the country will pronounce),” he has said.
“It is my prayer that if you trust me, then you must give your blessings for the good deed (punya kaam) I have set out to do. Please stand up and clap. Your blessings will help,’’ he has appealed.
The PM’s remarks come in wake of widespread difficulties being faced people in accessing their money in banks and all-round impact on the economy because of cash-crunch. In a rally in Bahraich, UP, he said the demonetisation move has been taken to empower the poor.
Earlier, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former prime minister, in his column termed PM Modi’s demonetisation move as ‘mammoth tragedy.’
Singh has said: “All black money is not in cash, only a tiny fraction is. Against this backdrop, the decision by the Prime Minister is bound to have obverse implications by causing grievous injury to the honest Indian who earns his/her wages in cash and a mere rap on the knuckles to the dishonest black money hoarder.” He had just recently warned about a 2 percent GDP decline following demonetisation.