Like Swachh Bharat, demonetisation is a movement to clean India from corruption: PM

New Delhi [India], Feb. 7 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lambasted the opposition for criticising the demonetisation drive and said that the latter are more interested in giving bytes on television than debating over the issue.

"From day one, we have been clear and are ready for a discussion on demonetisation but some were more keen in giving TV bytes and not debates or discussion," Prime Minister said while speaking in Lok Sabha.

Asserting that demonetisation decision was taken at the right time, the Prime Minister added, "When can you have an operation? When body is healthy similarly economy was doing well and thus our decision was taken at right time." The Prime Minister also compared the demonetisation drive with the Swachh Bharat mission.

"Like Swachh Bharat, the decision of demonetisation is a movement to clean India from corruption and black money," he said.

The Prime Minister also took a dig at the opposition for politicising the issue of cleanliness and criticising the Swachh Bharat.

"I was surprised that there were some who made cleanliness also a political issue. Why can't we work together on ushering a Swachh Bharat," he added. Earlier in his speech, the Prime Minister ridiculed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's 'earthquake remark' saying that the nation finally felt the tremors yesterday.

"I was wondering why the earthquake came. When someone see 'SEVA' or any positive virtue in the word 'SCAM' then mother earth would definitely become upset," Prime Minister said.

Source: ANI