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Here are the top ten quotes from his speech so far:
India has gone through a massive cleansing process, purification drive with demonetisation. In the new year, we hope to return normalcy to banks
Indians were desperate to break free of corruption, but were given no chance to do this earlier.
There is no precedent globally for what India has done.
Indians have redefined the concept of sacrifice and shown unparalleled example of citizen sacrifice.
The commitment and discipline with which Indians have tackled the cash crunch will be cited for generations.
This is the first instance in India's history when the government and the people have fought shoulder to shoulder. I got thousands of letters - they shared pain, and reaffirmed resolve.
The government's priority is to ensure help and protection for the honest.
In such short time, so much money has never come to banks. I appeal to banks to prioritise the poor, lower middle class and underprivileged.
This could make you laugh or very angry. Only 24 lakh people admit that they earn more than 10 lakhs a year, even though you see so many big cars, big houses in every city. Should the fight against corruption not be strengthened?
When corruption and black money is talked about, political funding becomes a large part of the conversation. The time has come for all political leaders to understand the people's anger. Politicians must shun a holier than thou mentality and work towards reforming the political system.