New Delhi: Speaking for the first time in public after his Goa rally – but not in Parliament – Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “demonetisation is not the end but the beginning of a long, deep and constant battle against black money and corruption and will benefit the poor and the common man”, on Tuesday, a the BJP Parliamentary Party which passed a unanimous resolution endorsing his “great crusade.
The BJP party passed a unanimous resolution praising the PM on the move and gave him a standing ovation. This was their response to the Opposition parties uniting to oppose the move citing immense hardship being caused to common man post demonatisation.
While hailing the Prime Minister’s “great crusade” against corruption, it accused the Opposition of trying to provoke violence and chaos and disrupt Parliament, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.
“We have come to power not for us or those close to us but for the poor. For 70 years, the poor and the lower and middle classes suffered and have been inconstant struggle against them. This is not the end but only a beginning of our struggle,” the Prime Minister said and cited measures like the setting up of a special investigation team on black money and Income Disclosure Scheme, 2016.
The resolution said the demonetisation move had people’s support, claiming it was “the most profound statement to have ever come from the country.”
People were queuing up for a better India and all such decisions that bring about transformation cause some pain, Naidu said.
Terming it a historic decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also briefed the party MPs about different facets of the move and how it will help the economy.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the move is in benefit of the country and its people.