If I sing you’ll ask for refund…in Rs 100 notes: PM Modi addresses ‘global citizens’

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In a veiled reference to the political situation in the country in the backdrop of the demonetisation move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday quoted lines from Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s iconic “The times they are a-changin’”, a song which had apparently become an anthem of change, as he addressed the Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai.

“I always look forward to being among young people. It refreshes and re-energises me. You bring an energy and idealism that is unparalleled. You have been smart in asking me to only address gathering and not sing, or else I am sure you would be asking money back that too in Rs100 notes,” PM Modi said via video-conferencing.

His government’s decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has irked the opposition parties, which say the move has led to an “economic anarchy”. We can and we will build a Swachh Bharat — free of all forms of filth — within one generation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the 80,000 young attendees of Global Citizen Festival India here on Saturday via video conferencing.

“You bring an energy and idealism that is unparalleled,” he added.

Modi, who had attended an edition of Global Citizen Festival in 2014 in New York, said: “I know that I stand between you and Coldplay and so will make this brief.”

The fest is focused on creating an impact in areas of education, equality and clean water and sanitation.

Apart from the British band Coldplay, the fest also saw performances by international artistes like The Vamps, Jay Z and Demi Lovato.

Among Indian celebrities names like A.R. Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Freida Pinto, Ranveer Singh, Monali Thakur and Arijit Singh graced the gala.

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