On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced the scrapping of ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes in a move aimed at curbing black money and corruption.
Ordinary Indians stood for hours at longs queues in banks and ATMs, several people died of the stress and the sufferings continue to this day. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it "organised loot and legalised plunder" as well as a "monumental management failure."
Going by several reports, PM Modi is likely to address the nation on December 31, a day after his 50-day deadline for the completion of the demonetisation process draws to a close.
Just gonna stand there and watch you burn pic.twitter.com/r6mYjmDU7P— nyn (@UniqueIdiot_) December 27, 2016
While news outlets were uncertain about the exact time of his speech, others wondered if he would speak on the steps taken to deal with the aftermath of demonetisation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to address the nation before the dawn of New Year: Sources— ANI (@ANI_news) December 29, 2016
Social media, as usual, was quick to seize the news and there were plenty of speculations about Modi's speech.
31st December ke 730 baje hi Modi ji sabki pee hui utaar denge taaki no drunk driving at midnight. What a visionary!— NumbYaar (@NumbYaar) December 29, 2016
At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world parties, India will wait for the latest demonetisation update.— Avinash Iyer (@IyerAvin) December 29, 2016
"Mitron....Galti ho gayi" - Modi on 31st Evening— Aladdin (@Alllahdin) December 29, 2016
31st Dec. pic.twitter.com/kU0784ey73— Santa Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 29, 2016
(PM's speech on 31st Dec 2016)— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) December 29, 2016
"Mitronnnnnnnnn.....2017 will be called JIO 2017."
Get ready to return the new Rs. 2000 notes with PayTM vouchers https://t.co/M9Z75uD7Dx— Shan (@klpe) December 29, 2016
Modi ji would address the nation on new year eve.. wo feeling aa ri hai jab sharaabi dost bolta hai "aaj gaadi tera bhai chalayega" 😂😢— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) December 29, 2016
"Mitron, 2017 is cancelled." https://t.co/b9mUFAZkF1— 🃏 (@krazyfrog) December 29, 2016
Mitron...— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) December 29, 2016
Should I spend all my 100s before this happens? https://t.co/NWosQt3lXn— s h i v a n g i (@TranceCosmos) December 29, 2016
Probably the first time when on 31st Dec, people will be partying less and praying more. pic.twitter.com/G3kC6E5Bs8— Gabru Tippler (@MrTippler) December 29, 2016
This New Year's eve, night clubs in India will be playing PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) December 29, 2016
Pehle se hi line main lag jaunga is baar. https://t.co/lUrg1kaoVY— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) December 29, 2016
If you r going for outing, plz keep currency of all denominations, cheques, credit and debit cards, internet banking apps, goats, rice etc https://t.co/hPkNxVKxAX— Office of IIN (@IINoffice) December 29, 2016
The World's Shortest Horror Story.— Satya (@absolutesatya) December 29, 2016
Modi to address the nation on New Year's Eve.— The Last Caveman (@CarDroidusMax) December 29, 2016
*Note to self: load up cash, petrol, food supplies* pic.twitter.com/uHourJjILJ
Can't let the Bharatiya Janata Party in peace, can you? https://t.co/Fu9TCV1whb— Aditya Paul (@adityampaul) December 29, 2016
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