Hitting back after his government faced criticism over handling of Vijay Mallya case, PM Modi alleged that Congress was opening banks for the rich during its rule and "its governments who have through these banks filled the coffers of the rich too will have to pay".

"You know how the rich have usurped public money. My government has tightened the screws on the bank defaulters. They are sweating due to fear of going to jail and are fleeing. But no one will be spared I am telling you,” he added.

"The money looted from the banks does not belong to the banks but to the poor people of the country and I will ensure that those who looted this money return each and every paise... they have looted the country," he said addressing an election rally in Assam for the second successive day.

PM Modi cited various fiscal policies initiated by his government had done away with middlemen, ensured development and enhanced the country's image internationally.

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