13/11/2016 3:08 PM IST | Updated 13/11/2016 3:28 PM IST

WATCH: Prime Minister Modi Laugh And Cry While Talking About Currency Demonetisation

Then and now.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

You may like to believe the biggest victim of the government's move of demonetisation has been ordinary citizens, but you are wrong.

Speaking in Goa today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted a bleak picture of the possible consequences of the step he has taken to eradicate black money from the country on his political career.

Taking a swipe at the Opposition for raising a stink over the mismanagement of the process, Modi said he was well aware that this move could prove detrimental to him.

In the course of his rousing speech, he had a moment when he seemed to breakdown while talking about the sacrifices he has made to serve the country.

"I was not born for sit on a chair of high office. Whatever I had, my family, my home...I left it for the nation," Modi said, visibly emotional. "Yes, I also feel the pain," he continued. "These steps taken were not a display of arrogance. I have seen poverty and understand the problems of the people."

For those who have watched another speech of the prime minister, recorded hours ago when he spoke in Japan, this may have felt like a jolt. In the earlier video, the PM was seen laughing at Indians worrying over matters like a wedding in the family at a time of cash scarcity.

You can watch the full video here, where Modi also compares Japan and India.

The contrast between the two speeches couldn't be sharper. But then, given the current state of chaos in the nation, even the most ardent supporters of demonetisation are having a tough time dealing with its implications on a day-to-day basis.

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