Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an emotional appeal to the people of the country asking them to support him in the fight against corruption. Facing concerted opposition attack and the people's impatience with the long queues at banks and ATMS that are the fallout of the currency ban, PM modi said people had entrusted him to fight corruption and he was ready to do it and face the consequences.
Asking the people to give him 50 days to weed out black money, he sought people's support, saying his life was at risk due to his war on corruption and black money.
"I know the forces up against me, they may not let me live... they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble, but am prepared," he said at a function in Goa.
Initially after Tuesday, when PM Modi announced the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as a strike against black money and terror funds, the response had been largely positive. But since Friday, as ATMS started running out of cash within hours and people waited for half-a-day at banks to exchange cash, the impatience mounted and many were heard criticizing the decision.
PM Modi stressed that he felt the "pain" of the people, adding the steps taken "were not a display of arrogance. I have seen poverty and understand people's problems."
Getting emotional, the Prime Minister said, "I was not born to sit on a chair of high office. Whatever I had, my family, my home...I left it for the nation..."
"People voted me in to fight corruption. Shouldn't I do it?" he asked. "We took a key step to help the honest citizen of India defeat the menace of black money. If any money that was looted in India and has left Indian shores, it is our duty to find out about it."