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93% respondents support demonetisation, says app survey; manufactured, says Congress

By Ians English

New Delhi, Nov 23 In the face of relentless opposition attack, the government on Wednesday said over 93 per cent of the people who responded in a survey on the Prime Minister's official app supported the demonetisation of high-denomination notes.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought public opinion on his official app, wherein questions were posted regarding the scrapping of Rs 500/1,000 notes. Over five lakh people participated in the survey within 24 hours.

As per the results posted by Modi on his Twitter account, only two per cent of those who participated rated the move as "very poor".

In response, the Congress called it a "trumped-up survey with manufactured questions and pre-fabricated answers by blind bhakts".

"I thank people for the historic participation in the survey. It's satisfying to read the insightful views and comments," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

The survey said that about 86 per cent respondents believe that some "so-called anti-corruption activists" are now batting in support of black money and even terror financing.

The survey included 10 questions, which were to be rated between one and five stars.

More than 90 per cent respondents feel the government's move to tackle black money is fit for above four stars and more than 73 per cent seemed fully satisfied.

On the question of inconvenience, 43 per cent respondents did not mind the inconvenience caused at all, 48 per cent said it was worth it while eight per cent disliked the inconvenience.

About 66 per cent of respondents completely agreed that demonetisation will bring real estate, higher education and healthcare within the common man's reach, 27 per cent partially agreed and six per cent were not sure.

Over 92 per cent of respondents either rated the government as 'very good' or 'good' for its overall fight against corruption.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: "Modi government manfactures yet another lie through self-serving survey on demonetisation. You can't fool the people of India through such gimmicks."

"A trumped-up survey, manfactured questions and pre-fabricated answers by blind bhakts. Who cares for pain of common Indian?" Surjewala tweeted.


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