Prime Minister Narendera Modi came down heavily on the Congress party over its protest against the demonetisation, which led to repeated adjournments in Parliament. Addressing his party MPs on the last morning of the Winter session on Friday, Modi accused the principal opposition party of protesting against the government’s steps to curb black money and corruption.
“Congress party has always put its interest over that of the country while for BJP the nation’s interests are supreme,” he charged while addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting.
The Winter session was a virtual washout with repeated Opposition protest against the government decision to demonetise the higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. The ruling party too protested and targeted the Congress leadership raising AgustaWestland controversy, where alleged irregularities took place during the UPA rule.
“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,” he said adding, “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.”
Defending the note ban move, the Prime Minister once 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.
Training guns once again at the Congress party, he criticised former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who has been unsparing in his criticism of demonetisation.
“He advocated strong measures against corruption and black money but did nothing during his rule of 10 years,” Modi said.
He also referred to the Wanchoo Committee in early 70s, which had recommended demonetisation when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister.
“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,” PM Modi 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,” he added in his criticism against the Congress party.
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.
(With inputs from the PTI)