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PM Modi plays 'chai-wallah' card in Ghazipur; says his decisions 'karak' like his tea

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 November 2016, 14:50 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing people in Uttar Pradesh's Ghazipur on 14 November, said his decisions are also "karak"(strong) like the tea he used to make during his "chai-wallah" days.

While addressing the rally he said, "My justice is a little 'karak' (strong)" - referring to his move to scrap of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as a step to curb black money and fake currency.

"And when I was young, people would tell me, 'Make the chai a little karak''," he said during the rally.

He also referred to former prime minister of India, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and said, "he had once spoken in Parliament. In his 1962 speech, when he was parliamentarian from Ghazipur, he spoke about the poverty in Purvanchal."

In defence of his move to ban high-value currency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked,"There is no dearth of money in India, but we don't know where this money is kept. If I am banning Rs. 500, Rs. 1000 notes, am I not doing the job that you have given me?"

"There are always difficulties when you do something different but the intentions have to be right. But there are some political parties that are worried over this (currency ban). What will now happen to those garlands full of currency notes. And all the money belongs to the people of India. I had to stop corruption. I can't go and check every house. So I changed all the notes into just worthless piece of paper," he further added.

"I am saying again just give me 50 days. The bank staff is working for 18 hours a day. This is 'mahayagya', this is the festival of honesty. I seek your blessings (for success of currency ban)," Prime Minister Narendra Modi pleaded.

First published: 14 November 2016, 14:50 IST