New Delhi, Dec 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on the eve of the New Year through the official media channel of Doordarshan.
According to sources, the Prime Minister is most likely to express his gratitude towards the people of the country for wholeheartedly supporting his demonetisation decision to weed out corruption and black money.
Sources said that Modi might also announce the future course of his action in his fight against corruption and black money during the course of his address. The focus could be on action against those involved in Benami transactions.
In his November 8 address, the Prime Minister had surprised each one in the country by announcing the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. He had given the deadline of December 30 for the people to deposit the old notes in the bank accounts. His decision was under fire from the opposition parties who criticised his move.
Most serious charges were levelled by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi against the Prime Minister on the personal level addressing a political rally in the state of Gujarat.
The BJP has planned a series of rallies and campaign drives to explain to the people the benefit of the cashless economy. The Opposition, divided as it is, seems incapable of taking on this Modi blitzkrieg and find itself satisfied to a leader or a two hurling personal level charges against the PM.
The divided opposition in its face-saving attempt may hold three or four public rallies, mostly banking upon the Congress and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The latest presence of Mamta Banerjee at the Congress rally in New Delhi may be the precursor of the ‘united’(?) opposition’s counter rallies.
In his national radio address Mann ki Baat on December 25, the Prime Minister spoke extensively on demonetization and encouraged ‘cashless transactions’.
Narendra Modi, spearheading the government’s aggressive campaign on demonetisation, has a packed schedule. He will be in Lucknow on January 2, Tirupati on January 3 and Patna on January 5.
“While he will be going there for official engagements, he is likely to give a further push to the cashless economy,” said a source.
Later, he will go to Bangalore on January 8 and his home state Gujarat on January 9.