10/12/2016 3:10 PM IST | Updated 10/12/2016 3:23 PM IST

PM Modi: I'm Not Being Allowed To Talk In Lok Sabha, So I'm Speaking At 'Jan Sabha'

The Prime Minister vowed to stop the forces who've been 'looting' the country for 70 years.

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DEESA, Gujarat -- Charging the Congress with looting the common man for 70 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his fight for the poor would continue and he would strengthen them.

"You have looted the common man for 70 years and made it harsh for them to survive. I have come to fight for the poor and give power in their hands," said Modi while inaugurating dairy plants in Deesa here.

You have looted the common man for 70 years and made it harsh for them to survive.PM Modi

Hitting out at the opposition for demanding his presence in parliament yet not letting him speak, Prime Minister Modi said he found it better to talk in what he called the "Common Sabha."

"Government has always said we are ready to debate. I am not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha. So I am speaking in the Jan Sabha," he said.

Prime Minister Modi reiterated that demonetisation was announced to empower the poor and strengthen them.

"We took the decision to ban high- value currency notes to strengthen the hands of the poor of the nation," he said.

Emphasising the fact that demonetisation has been introduced with the intention of curbing black money and eradicating corruption, Prime Minister Modi said corruption has always pained the common man, making their lives miserable.

"Who is unhappy with corruption? Not those perpetrating corruption...it is the poor, the common citizens who are unhappy," he said.

The Prime Minister thanked the people for standing by his side and encouraging his decision to demonetise.

"In spite of efforts by others to incite people, people have stood by me and supported the decision."

He assured people that they will see changes in time.


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