Congress family alone weeping over note ban, says PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hit back at Rahul Gandhi over his criticism of demonetisation decision, saying the Congress and the ‘family’ alone were “weeping” over note ban even after two years as “deposits of their four generations” were gone.

Stoutly defending the note ban, dubbed as “the biggest scam” since independence by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said demonetisation brought money into the banking system that is being used for public good and vowed to continue his fight against corruption.

Addressing a rally here ahead of the November 28 polls in Madhya Pradesh, Modi devoted a large part of his speech rebutting criticism of his government’s controversial decision to scrap the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8, 2016.

“Some had money under their beds. Some in sacks…in almirahs. Modi, with note-ban, brought this to the banks. This is your money,” he said pointing at those attending the rally and added, “That is why toilets are being built… houses are being built.”

He asked the people attending the rally whether they were still facing problems due to the scrapping of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, and they replied in the negative.

Speaking at a poll rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, Gandhi had on Friday dubbed demonetisation as the “biggest scam” since independence. The Congress has been relentlessly attacking the government over the issue, questioning its claims of checking black money and corruption.

Stressing that his government was working for the poor, Modi said,” I have promised that every family will have a home by 2022 when the country celebrates 75 years of independence. Every family in the country will own a house by 2022.”

“Has anybody any doubt over my promise? No. Under the Prime Minister Housing scheme, 12 lakh houses have been handed over to the people,” he added.

Madhya Pradesh will have a single phase polling for its 230 assembly seats on November 28 and the counting of votes will take place on December 11.

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