Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the opposition Congress of looting the common man for 70 years and vowed to continue fighting for the poor.
"You have looted the common man for 70 years and made it harsh for them to survive. I have come to fight for the poor and give power in their hands," said Modi while inaugurating dairy plants in Deesa city of western Gujarat state.
The 66-year-old politician slammed the opposition for not letting him speak in the parliament even after they demanded his presence.
"Government has always said we are ready to debate. I am not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha (lower house). So I am speaking in the Jan (common) Sabha," he said.
Emphasising the fact that demonetisation has been introduced with the intention of curbing black money and eradicating corruption, Prime Minister Modi said corruption has always pained the common man, making their lives miserable.
"Who is unhappy with corruption? Not those perpetrating corruption...it is the poor, the common citizens who are unhappy," he said. He added that the "evils" of black money and corruption were slowing India's progress and adversely affecting the poor.