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For Congress, party is above the country: PM Modi; Demonetisation debate could not take place because of Govt: Opposition
Addressing a parliamentary meeting of BJP, PM Narendra Modi defended his demonetisation move. Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said that the BJP-led opposition during UPA's rule was united against scams like 2G and Coalgate, however, today the Congress-led opposition is united against steps to curb black money and corruption.

PM Modi also said that for the Congress, party is above the country but for the BJP the country's interests are supreme. He said that due to late implementation of demonetisation, which was recommended by Wanchoo Committee in 1971, the nation has suffered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, and chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, for supporting the demonetisation step.

Supporting the government's initiatives to push the digital economy, he told the BJP MPs that such an economy should be a 'way of life'. He added that the digital economy would be transparent and effective.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Congress leaders led by Vice President Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Modi today at New Delhi.

The Congress leaders urged the Prime Minister to waive loans of farmers.

In yet another high profile political meeting, opposition leaders from various political parties including Congress met the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to him.

According to a tweet by the Indian National Congress, the opposition leaders told the President that debate on demonetisation in Parliament could not take place because of the government's attitude.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikaarjun Kharge told the President that the opposition was even ready to hold the demonetisation debate without voting, but the government was not ready for it.

Meanwhile, NITI Aayog's CEO, Amitabh Kant, while addressing industry body FICCI's 89th Annual General meeting said that by mid-January cash shortage, caused due to the demonetisation step,would end.

Amitabh Kant said that to promote digital payments the government has announced various incentive schemes like 'Lucky Grahak Yojana' and 'Digi Dhan Vyapari Yojna'. He also assured merchant-traders that in their move towards digitization there would be no harassment by tax official by way of scrutiny of the previous years of books of accounts.

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