From Indira Gandhi to UPA scams, Narendra Modi blasts Congress; urges public to adopt digital way of life

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New Delhi | Updated: Dec 16, 2016 3:36 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into a united opposition over Parliament logjam even as he reached out to the people of the country by listing out the benefits of the much-debated demonetisation move.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into a united opposition over Parliament logjam even as he reached out to the people of the country by listing out the benefits of the much-debated demonetisation move. (Reuters)Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into a united opposition over Parliament logjam even as he reached out to the people of the country by listing out the benefits of the much-debated demonetisation move. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tore into a united opposition over Parliament logjam even as he reached out to the people of the country by listing out the benefits of the much-debated demonetisation move. Mincing no words, PM Modi said unlike earlier when opposition parties stalled the House against scams, Congress-led parties are now doing so against government’s steps to curb black money and corruption. PM Modi, who was accused of keeping mum over the issue in Parliament, chose the last day of the Winter Session to take swipe at opposition and blame it for a virtual washout. Pitching for digital economy, he appealed to the masses to adopt it as a “way of life” to cleanse corruption and black money. He also targetted Congress, claiming that it has always put its interest over that of the country while for BJP the nation’s interests are supreme. Attacking former Prime Minister 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.

PM Modi also noted that the Wanchoo Committee in 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. “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.

Terming 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.

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.

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