Prime Minister Narendra Modi made another controversial remarks on Monday when he said that poor in India were sleeping peacefully as a result of his announcement on demonetisation.
Addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, Modi said, “Aaj ghareeb chain ki neend so raha hai aur ameer neend ki goliyan dhoond rahe hain.”
Modi also used the opportunity to slam his political detractors for opposing his decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
Terming Modi’s comments an insult to poor, West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee said, “PM said poor are sleeping peacefully. This is an insult to commoners and in bad taste. Do not to hit common people like this.”
The CPI-M’s general secretary, Sitaram Yechury too mocked the prime minister for his use of ‘poor are sleeping peacefully’ remarks.
He told reporters, “I was listening to the PM saying the poor are sleeping peacefully and the rich need pills. I think the PM is a galaxy away from reality. If preparations were on for 10 months…why are we caught unprepared?”
Modi’s comments come even as millions of ordinary public have been queuing up outside banks and ATMs all throughout days and nights. Far from sleeping, they have been staying awake in their desperation to withdraw their hard earned money from banks.
Modi on Sunday had also allegedly mocked those standing in queues by accusing them of having committed scams.
The party supporters had later clarified that his scam-tainted jibe was meant for Rahul Gandhi.