“We are here to reform the country not to run it”, says BJP chief Amit Shah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah

New Delhi: “We are here to reform the country not to run it (Hum yahan desh ko sudharne aye hai na ki desh ko chalane)”, BJP chief Amit Shah has reportedly told the party minister and MP when the latter met him after Parliamentary Party meeting to apprise him of the situation in the wake demonetisation.

The BJP chief on Tuesday also reiterated that come what may the government will not backtrack from its demonetisation step, when the party leaders tried to draw his attention to the consequence in the next year’s assembly polls in several states, including Uttar Pradesh.

Shah, the sources said, also referred to former PM Indira Gandhi and asked the party leaders to propagate the policies of the Modi government among masses in their respective constituencies.

The BJP chief’s tough stand apparently expresses the prime minister Modi’s resolve to go ahead with the reform programmes to get the nation rid of the black money.

The recent bypoll results of six states and one UT have boosted the confidence of Modi as they were perceived to be a referendum on him audacious move.

Much to the discomfiture of opposition, the results of municipal elections in Maharashtra have further added credence to the steps taken by the Modi government.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister asked BJP MPs and MLAs to submit details of their bank account transactions between November 8 and December 31, to party president Amit Shah by January 1.

Modi’s direction came in the wake of allegations by opposition parties that the BJP had tipped off some of its own leaders ahead of the demonetisation announcement.

(Goindia News Bureau)

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