Modi invokes Nehru's legacy to target Congress
Ghazipur, Nov 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's legacy to attack the Congress party, which has been relentlessly criticising the Centre over the demonetisation issue.
Speaking at the launch of a railway project in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said he would fulfill what Pandit Nehru wanted to do.
"Pandit Nehru, your family and party abuse me, but I am here on November 14, your birthday, to complete work left undone from your time," he said.
"In 1962, Ghazipur MP told Pandit Nehru about dire state of poor in Purvanchal, then Pandit ji formed a committee. After Pandit Nehru passed away, many PMs came and went but that committee report is still lost in files," he added.
Modi vowed to re-open those files, adding that it was something the Congress and successive Prime Minister's did not do.
"No one can pay such a tribute to Pandit Ji," he said.
Modi said his government was voted to power to free the nation of the black money menace.
"I will never let anyone loot the money that belongs to the poor of India...Yes, those against me are strong people. But, I will not be scared of them," he further said.
Modi further recalled the emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the 1970s and said the Congress turned the entire country into a jail for 19 months just to stay in power.
In a major attempt to tackle hoarding of black money, corruption and terror financing, Prime Minister Modi, on November 8, announced that all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes would cease to be valid in all forms of transactions.
The opposition has been attacking the government over the inconvinience faced by the people to exchange the banned currency notes from the banks.