After demonetising high-value notes to curb blackmoney, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he has “more projects” in mind to rid the country of corruption and was ready to face the consequences as forces are “up against me” with  70 years of loot being in trouble.

“This is not an end. I have more projects in mind to make India corruption-free… Cooperate with me and help me for 50 days and I will give you the India you desired,” Modi said, after laying the foundation stone of Mopa greenfield airport and launching work on electronic city project in Goa.

“We will take action against ‘benami‘ property; This is major step to eradicate corruption and black money… If any money that was looted in India and has left Indian shores, it is our duty to find out about it,” he said.

“I know that [some] forces are up against me, they may not let me live, they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble, but I am prepared,” Modi said in a speech which saw him getting emotional a few times.

He said the people voted against corruption in 2014. “I am doing what I was asked to do by the people of this country and it had become clear from the very first meeting of my Cabinet when I formed the SIT [on black money]. We never kept the people in dark.”

Hitting out at previous governments, the Prime Minister said they “neglected this… we took a key step to help honest citizen to defeat the menace of graft.”

PM Modi teared up in his emotional appeal to the public for support of the scheme. He said, “I was not born to sit on a chair of high office. Whatever I had, my family, my home-I left it for nation.”

He said, “Why do we have to put the future of our youths at stake? Those who want to do politics are free to do so.”

Hitting out on the Opposition, he said that those who want to do politics an those who want to ‘loot’ the country, they are the ones making the allegations, not the honest Indians. He sought the support of the people for the next 50 days.

In light of the recent reports of violence and the inconvenience faced by people, standing in queues, he said, “Yes I also feel the pain. These steps taken were not a display of arrogance. I have seen poverty & understand people’s problems.”

Reiterating that he is prepared to fight his critics for the success of his ‘abolish black money plan’, he said, “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.”

Addressing the rumours on scarcity of salt, he said, “One day they spread the rumour of scarcity of salt, they do this because they know that they are losing their money.”

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Nov 13, 2016 14:23 IST

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Narendra Modi in Goa: Need 50 days to fight black money, emotional PM exhorts nation