New Delhi: Hitting out at the Opposition parties for resisting his government's move to ban old currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his predecessor and Congress leader late Indira Gandhi had too snubbed a similar recommendation for demonetisation.
PM Modi, who had to face embarrassment due to BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani`s outburst against his government`s attitude in Parliament, said the demonetisation recommendation during Indira Gandhi's tenure were made by the Niranjan Nath Wanchoo-led committee.
"Indira Gandhi told YB Chavan that don't you want to contest polls? This was Congress plank but they did not implement," the PM said.
Ripping into the Opposition over Parliament logjam, the Prime Minister 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.''
Modi made these remarks at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, which came on the last day of the Winter Session, which was a complete washout due to impasse over demonetisation.
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.
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.
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.
He also cited late Left stalwart Harkishan Singh Surjeet to support his government's action.
Earlier today, a delegation of Congress leaders gave a memorandum to Prime Minister Modi to demand relief for debt-ridden farmers.