Stepping up attack on Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that Parliament was not allowed to function as rival parties were trying to defend the dishonest and were running away from a debate on issues like graft and simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and assemblies. He also hailed the efforts of the Election Commission to get rid of black money from electoral system and said the BJP welcomes it.
Addressing BJP's 'parivartan rally' here, he also said that some politicians had tried to "provoke" people standing in ATM queues, but their designs did not succeed as the common man was patient and understood that larger interest of the country was at stake.
"Our agenda is to fight for a country free of corruption and black money. But their agenda is to close (disrupt) Parliament...I am puzzled," Modi said, days after the Winter session ended in a washout due to the standoff over demonetisation.
He said he given a suggestion at an all-party meeting convened before the Winter session of Parliament that a debate should be held on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies and donations to political parties.
"But Parliament was not allowed to function for a month as the opposition parties were not interested in a discussion on the two issue," the Prime Minister said. He said "earlier, the opposition would disrupt Parliament as they wanted to expose the corrupt and bring out scams. But this time, Parliament was disrupted as opposition wanted to defend the dishonest and hence were running away from debate."
Singling out Congress, he said its leaders have often claimed that late Rajiv Gandhi brought computer and mobile phone to the common man in India.