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PM Modi plays poverty card, says cash fuels corruption

Modi also warned party activists against putting pressure on the leadership for tickets for their family members.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi |
January 7, 2017 9:31:28 pm
modi, pm modi, BJP national executive, modi at bjp executive meet, narendra modi, modi on demonetisation, pm modi on poor people, pm modi on poverty, cashless economy, india news, latest news Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP Leader L K Advani at the second day of the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the BJP national executive on Saturday that the poor and poverty were not vote-banks for the BJP, but “an opportunity to serve” and that demonetisation was a long-term tool to improve their lives.

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“The poor… have accepted this historic decision (demonetisation). They have accepted that it is an effective step to end social ills including corruption,” he said. “For us, the poor and poverty are not just about winning elections, we do not look at them only through the lens of vote-bank politics. This is our opportunity to serve because serving the poor is equivalent to serving the Lord. I was born into poverty and have lived it. Do not be scared of any criticism or accusations. Our inner conviction will see is through,” the prime minister said during the concluding speech at the two-day national executive, which, among other things, set the tone for the party’s electoral battle in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

modi, pm modi, BJP national executive, modi at bjp executive meet, narendra modi, modi on demonetisation, pm modi on poor people, pm modi on poverty, cashless economy, india news, latest news Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party workers on the second day of the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

Defending the decision to demonetise high-value currency notes, he said unregulated flow of currency is the “mother of corruption” and that cash fuels “the evil of benami property”.

Modi also warned party activists against putting pressure on the leadership for tickets for their family members.

modi, pm modi, BJP national executive, modi at bjp executive meet, narendra modi, modi on demonetisation, pm modi on poor people, pm modi on poverty, cashless economy, india news, latest news Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s National President at the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

 

modi, pm modi, BJP national executive, modi at bjp executive meet, narendra modi, modi on demonetisation, pm modi on poor people, pm modi on poverty, cashless economy, india news, latest news Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in conversation, on the second day of BJP’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

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