Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told Bharatiya Janata Party MPs that a digital economy should be transparent, effective and a “way of life”, The Indian Express reported. At a BJP parliamentary party meeting ahead of the last day of the Winter Session, he said the Centre was effectively fighting the menace of black money.

The prime minister also said that demonetisation should have been done years ago. “We have suffered huge losses by not doing this since 1971...The country has suffered for its late implementation,” Modi said, adding that Indira Gandhi had shot down the currency ban proposal from the then home minister YB Chavan and had prioritised elections. Modi further said that Manmohan Singh had also done “nothing during his 10 years” to curb black money, and that the Congress was placing “party interest above national interest”.

Modi accused the Opposition of being against the Centre’s fight against corruption, NDTV reported. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar quoted Modi as saying that while the Opposition used to “unite to expose” corruption, it was now “uniting to oppose” the fight against graft, according to The Hindu.

This came even as a Congress delegation led by Rahul Gandhi met Modi to hand over a memorandum on loan waivers for farmers. Congress leader Amarinder Singh said they had informed the prime minister about the problems farmers face, including loans and suicides. Modi had promised to look into the matter, Singh said. On Wednesday, Gandhi said he had exclusive information about the “personal corruption” of the prime minister. The BJP had refuted the claim, calling it an “allegation made out of desperation”.

Both the Congress and the BJP have accused each other of wanting to avoid a discussion on the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Disruptions in both Houses of Parliament have led to constant adjournments through the Winter Session, which ends on Friday. Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday said he was considering resigning from the Lower House because of his disappointment at the near-washout of the Winter Session.