New Delhi, December 16: On the last day of the winter session which washed away due to the impasse over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Opposition parties to halt government's steps to curb black money and corruption. Targeting Congress, the Prime Minister alleged that it has always put its interest over that of the country while for BJP the nation's interests are supreme.
Modi took on former PM and renowned economist Dr Manmohan Singh, who has been unsparing in his criticism of demonetisation, Modi said he advocated strong measures against corruption and black money but did "nothing" during his rule of 10 years
He also cited late Left stalwart Harkishan Singh Surjeet to support his government's action. "Earlier the ruling side, especially Congress, would commit scams like 2G, coal-gate, Bofors and the Opposition would then unite and fight against it on the principle of honesty
"But now the ruling side, the BJP-led NDA, has started a campaign again black money and corruption and opposition parties are standing against it," he said
He again pitched for digital economy as he appealed to the masses to adopt it as a "way of life" to rid the society of corruption and black money.
The Prime Minister said that the Demonetisation of Rs 500/1000 notes is the first step to curb black money and corruption and not the last one. He also acknowledged and thanked the Chief Ministers of Odisha and Bihar for supporting us & all ppl who have welcomed the decision.
Modi also noted that the Wanchoo Committee in the early 70s had recommended demonetisation when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister, recalling that the then senior Left leader Jyotirmoy Basu had demanded its quick implementation, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters following the meeting
"The Wanchoo committee had said it will boost economy
Now after 45 years we have done demonetisation but Congress is opposing it. The Left has also joined hands with Congress," he said
Painting Congress as a "votary of corruption", he said it had made a law against Benami assets in 1988 but never notified it or framed rules and regulations, ensuring that the legislation never came into force
"For us, the country's interests are always above the party's. For Congress, party's interests are above the country's," the PM said
On a day that marks the anniversary of Bangladesh's liberation, Modi also targeted the opposition over its remarks on the army's surgical strikes
The Opposition in 1971-72 did not seek evidence of the army's valour unlike that of today, he said.