Taking jibe at his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that there is not a single black mark against him despite all the corruption.
“For almost 35 years, Manmohan Singh had a lot of influence on the country’s economic policies… There was not even one taint on him. Bathroom mein raincoat pehen kar nahaane ki kala sirf Dr Sahab (Manmohan) hi jaante hain (only Manmohan Singh knows how to bathe in a raincoat),” PM said in Rajya Sabha.
The remark references the many corruption scandals that erupted in the government on Dr Singh’s watch when the Congress-led coalition governed the country for two successive terms.
He added that his government’s war against corruption was not a fight aimed against his political opponents.
“There is no reason to believe the fight against corruption and black money is a political fight. It is not to single out any particular political party,” he said.
Defending his November 8 decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 , the Prime Minister said the step was to empower the poor and the honest.
“Honest forces will not be empowered unless there’s strict action against the dishonest. The ultimate beneficiaries of these steps will be the poor. These steps will empower the honest,” he said.
Targeting the opposition, PM Modi claimed the people and the government were together on this decision while the opposition parties were isolated on the other side of the divide.
“There is a horizontal divide – on one side are the people of India and the government and on the other side are a group of political leaders,” he said.
The Prime Minister slammed the opposition for dragging the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) into politics over the note ban.
“Attacks on the party I belong to, our government, on me are understandable but why was the RBI dragged into this? Let us keep institutions above politics,” he admonished.