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'Mediocrity comes face to face with reality': Rahul on PM turning emotional

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 17:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 13 (ANI): Taking exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe at him for visiting bank to change old notes, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday in turn mocked the former for turning emotional during his speech in Goa, saying "first laughter now tears! Mediocrity comes face to face with reality".

Taking to his official Twitter account, Rahul again posted, "Modi laughs as poor cry".

Prime Minister Modi turned emotional while saying that he left his home and family for the nation.

As Prime Minister Modi mocked Rahul, saying those involved in "big scams" now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4,000, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted, "Someone has said scamsters are queuing front of bank ATM's. Are these poor people in queue scamsters?"

On Friday, Rahul visited State Bank of India's Parliament Street branch to exchange demonetised currency notes with new ones.

However, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, "They (govt) have informed their corporate friends earlier, and only the common man is suffering. We will raise the issue in Parliament under rules 56 and 193."

Training his guns on the opposition, Prime Minister Modi had said he was extremely aware of the fact that they might ruin him because their loot of 70 years is in trouble.

"Why do we have to put the future of our youth at stake? Those who want to do politics are free to do so," Prime Minister Modi said after laying the foundation for two major projects here.

"I know the forces up against me, they may not let me live, they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble but am prepared," he added.

Earlier on November 8, Prime Minister Modi took a major step and announced demonetisation of Rs. 500 and 1,000 currency notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

In his televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said people holding notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.

With the people facing trouble after the Centre's move, the government later decided to extend the existing exemptions on paying public utility bills till November 14.

In a press release, the government reassured there is enough cash with the RBI and supply of cash to bank branches and ATMs are being stepped up gradually. (ANI)