Modi intensifies anti-corruption pitch in poll-bound Uttarakhand


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his government’s anti-corruption pitch on Tuesday at a public rally in Dehradun and said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was committed to fight corruption and black money in the days to come and said that demonetisation was like a ‘cleanliness drive’ against corruption.

“Our fight is against the black money hoarders. By banning Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes, we have opened everyone’s cupboards. Some thought they could convert their blackmoney by backdoor means but all of them are being caught now. This is a cleanliness drive and the people of India have come forward to help us in this,” Modi said while addressing a rally at Parade Grounds in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, which goes to polls next year.

“You gave me the work of a chaukidaar (guard) but now when I am doing my work, some people are bothered. Who is this chaukidaar who is attacking the kingpin of the thieves? Kala dhan (black money) and kala mann (ill intent) have damaged this country and both should go,” he added.

In the address, Modi attacked the Congress-led governments for not doing anything substantial on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. He said that the army men had been demanding OROP for more than 40 years but it is only now that NDA has disbursed nearly Rs6,600 crore and the process continues.

Speaking on demonetisation, Modi said: “I know you were inconvenienced but despite that the whole country came forward for the fight against corruption. I am indebted to you all for my whole life.” He added that demonetisation has ‘destroyed’ terrorism, human trafficking and drug mafia.