He said demonetisation brought out the "loot" of the past 70 years.

Opposition wants to stall BJP in Rajya Sabha PM ModiPTI/File
news Politics Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 17:35

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition of trying to prevent the BJP from having a majority in the Rajya Sabha to stall strong anti-corruption laws.

Taking a dig at the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance without naming it, he said: "These people have not come together to fight election. They have come together because they feel if we (BJP) get a majority in the Rajya Sabha, we will make such laws that there will be no space left for thieves and the corrupt."

The Bharatiya Janata Party has a majority in the Lok Sabha but not in the Rajya Sabha.

Addressing an election rally on Sunday ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections starting on February 11, Modi said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was scared of the BJP. 

"To save himself, he is holding on to other people," Modi said, obviously referring to the Samajwadi-Congress tie-up.

"People of Uttar Pradesh want justice. This is our fight to get justice for you."

He said demonetisation brought out the "loot" of the past 70 years.

"I said on November 8, notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 will be banned. It created a storm. Those who had stacks of money were forced to put it in banks," Modi said.

"For 70 years, the nation was looted... overnight, they were forced to deposit it in banks. They thought Modi is not prepared, and depositing the money in banks will make it white. 

"But they did not know we had arrangements to trace the source of money deposited in banks.

"We are fighting so that the money is utilized for the poor," he added.

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