Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu described the latest moves by the government on black money and the ban on high-denomination currency notes as a "white money movement" and asserted that a "real war against corruption" has been launched.
Charging the Congress with speaking in "two voice", Naidu challenged it to extend support to the moves as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night.
Historic step to fight corruption, only Prime Minister Modi can do it. Entire country is very happy about it. #IndiaFightsCorruption— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 8, 2016
Everybody is sending msg congratulating historic step of PM, only corrupt can weep and do not sleep, for entire country is rejoicing.— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 8, 2016
Noting that some political parties have criticised the government since Modi announced banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, he said that there is no substance in their criticism.
"They are raising these issues just for the sake of it. Entire country is happy, I have spoken to various leaders and some Chief Ministers. People are overwhelmingly happy about the steps. This is a real war against the corruption....that is the message that has gone down."
He, however, admitted that for the transitory period people would face problems.
Honest tax payer nothing to worry, every care will be to take to care of your interest. #IndiaFightsCorruption— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 8, 2016
War on black money started, be aware it will continue. #IndiaFightsCorruption— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) November 8, 2016
"Let us all make the efforts a success," Naidu said and reminded the media of their role in national service.