Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday criticised the Opposition for the “Bharat Bandh” call against demonetisation, while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh. The Opposition parties had given a call for “Akrosh Diwas” to be held on Monday.

“I am blocking black money and corruption and some are giving call for Bharat Bandh. Should there be Bharat Bandh or should the route of corruption be blocked?” PM Modi said at the “Parivartan Rally” organised in UP’s Kushinagar district. The state is scheduled to hold Assembly polls early next year.

Modi said that if changes had been brought in for the lives of the farmers, India would not have been facing these problems. “Strong farmers and villages add strength to India,” he said.

Talking about the inconvenience caused because of the Centre’s demonetisation decision, Modi said that he had asked for only 50 days, of which 30 are left now. “Jo bade-bade rich log hain unko badi takleef hogi; jo chhote-chhote hain, unko chhoti hogi [the big people will have big problems, the smaller people will have smaller ones],” the prime minister said.

PM Modi said that though the demonetisation move was tough, the “future will be bright”.

Encouraging people to take up the e-wallet route, he said, “Era of wallet has gone, you can use your mobile phone as your bank branch with the same ease with which you take pictures and send them to friends.”

He then took potshots at the ruling Samajwadi Party and asked them to implement PM Fasal Beema Yojana in UP. “I don’t think the UP government will be able to do anything, they do not have interest in doing any work,” Modi said.