Why people continue to back PM Modi’s notebandi despite pain

by Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The groundswell of support across the country for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to invalidate high-denomination notes seems to be what it was soon after November 8 when announcement of notes ban had been made by the PM. Notwithstanding cash crunch and other difficulties being faced by common men in long queues before banks and ATMs, there is hardly a voice coming out expressing displeasure over the demonetisation or to be more precise remonetisation exercise.

narendra-modi-3There is an unequivocal support for the move whose state objective is to eradicate corruption and black money. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Narendra Modi is the first and only political figure ever in India whose decision has got such an overwhelming positive response from every nook and corner of the country, despite inconvenience to the cash-starved common man. All are seen to be ready to bear the brunt of what is happening just for the larger goal of the demonetisation exercise, i.e., to secure a corruption-free nation. This is exactly what PM Modi has promised and this has gone down well with the people.

And the support among the grassroots and common men are visible despite all sorts of instigation by leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal, who are leaving no stone unturned to create public backlash against demonetisation. But the support is there. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Telangana CM TSR Chandrasekhara Rao and Odisha CM Naveen Parnaik have backed notebandi in a big way establishing the fact that people in their respective states are in favour of this scheme. After all, they are all grassroots politicians knowing the pulse of the common men very well.

Nothing could explain people’s support to the note ban scheme is the fact that there has by and large been no major untoward incident reported from any part of the country despite the exercise of such a magnanimous proportion affecting lives of all 125 crore people of the country. In sharp contrast to this, Venezuela witnessed massive violence soon after the commencement of demonetisation scheme, which prompted the country government to withdraw the decision.

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