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I salute Narendra Modi for his courageous surgical strike against black money & fake currency racketeers
During the 2009 general election in India, BJP leader LK Advani had raised the black money issue, especially that is stashed abroad. The UPA PM candidate Dr Manmohan Singh had assured at that time that he will retrieve the black money within 100 days of his government formation.

UPA won that election to retain power, not because of the promise on black money but because of the good work done during his tenure between 2004-2009. People later realised that the UPA government doesn't have the political will, courage or commitment to curb black money. That's why people never questioned his earlier promise.

But when Narendra Modi campaigned during the 2014 general election, he promised to retrieve all the black money. Considering his integrity, people believed that Modi will definitely deliver his promise. But when time passed and no such action was visible on the ground, people started questioning Modi's political will. Because retrieving black money is never a difficult proposition nor it's rocket science. If you ask anyone, he will tell you that the only solution for eradicating black money is banning notes of higher denomination like Rs 1000 and Rs 500. In fact, way back on October 26, 2014, I had written an article titled, `Can Narendra Modi retrieve the black money as promised?' on merinews.com. The complete article can be read at this link.

The only concern was whether Narendra Modi would dare to implement such tough measures. The point to be noted is that BJP leaders and sympathisers too have black money like all other political parties. It took time, but Modi displayed that he is committed to national interest and fight against corruption, black money along with all other evils (social, political, cultural). He proved that he doesn't need any one's support nor does he care for any individual's interests. He thinks like any ordinary citizen of the country and implements decisions only after carefully considering all possible consequences.

As per sources, Narendra Modi had been planning this surgical strike on black money since last six months. Only Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, RBI Governor and Modi himself knew that old notes of higher denomination were going to be scrapped. The replacement notes were printed very secretly. Interestingly, the new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 had already been delivered at all bank branches between 5th & 6th November. The banks knew about the new notes but were not aware that old notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 will be scrapped. The maintenance of secrecy was really superb. After ensuring preparedness to face all sorts of consequences including diversion of black money, Narendra Modi came on television and radio to declare that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 have been scrapped with immediate effect.

As a result, no one with back money got a chance to escape. If your money is accountable, then no loss to you. But if it's unaccountable, it's just plain paper. Because there is no chance of circulating this money except the official bank route under the tight vigil of the government. There will be temporary inconvenience for some, particularly those who are out of station or on foreign tours, but this dissent is worth afforded as Narendra Modi knows very well that people will remember him always for his successful and bold fight against black money, corruption and fake notes.

Many opposition parties have although welcomed this step but at the same time have also tried to shoot from behind common people's shoulders citing their inconvenience. The fact is that they too are shocked on such an attack on their own black money stashed for carrying out unethical practices and lavishly spending on elections. Congress was the most worried and perhaps that's why went literally mad. Salman Khurshid compared it with the Emergency whereas other Congress leaders dubbed it as a 'Tughlaqi' decision. But people know why Congress is frustrated. Similarly, Mamata Banerjee termed it as draconian and interestingly the self-proclaimed flag bearer of morals and so-called anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal retweeted Mamata Banerjee's version!

But Modi really played a master stroke and proved that he has the political will and courage to take India to new heights. I salute him whole heartedly.

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