The demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his attempt to get Indians to vote on his Narendra Modi app has led to the app to top charts on Apple iTunes Store and Google Play store.
PM Modi asked his app users to share their experience and views on the Modi app. He also asked his countrymen to rate his decision to replace Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes with newer Rs 500 and Rs 2000 ones.
The app has since topped the charts on both Apple Store and Google Play store. Modi App ranks numero uno on Google Play Top Free apps and on top charts of iTunes Store.
The objective of such a huge decision was to curb black money (unaccounted money) practices across the country.
However, the immediate effect of the decision also created panic among people and a crash crunch in the economy. People also queued up in front of banks and ATMs to deposit and exchange the old notes. The government also introduced restrictions on depositing and withdrawing money per person.
Nevertheless, Modi app users enthusiastically supported the decision with 92 percent of people saying that demonetisation will have an impact on curbing black money, corruption and terrorism. About 90 percent of them responded by supporting the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000.
PM Modi's website noted the participation of over 5,00,000 people in over 24 hours.
Modi's recent decision has evoked sharp criticism from all the opposition parties, except the JD(U) and the BJD, which have supported the government's move. Many other parties though supported the move but said were critical of the way it was handled.
Some have criticised the survey for not including a "no" option for a question like, "Do you think demonetisation will help in curbing black money, corruption & terrorism?"
The question only had the answer options: "a. It will have an immediate impact, b. There will be impact in medium to long term, c. Minimal impact, d. Don't know."