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Sunday, 21 August 2011

RSS lending support to Anna's campaign?

New Delhi: The RSS has openly come out in support of Anna Hazare's campaign for Jan Lokpal bill. However, team Anna wants this movement to be completely free from any political colour and has disassociated itself with RSS.

But Anna's statement praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi few months back has really made the saffron outfit back the movement from the sidelines. Commenting on these speculations Anna said that first the government said BJP is backing our movement then US and finally they would say Pakistan.

In his second leg of the Jan Lokpal campaign, Anna and his team have been extra cautious to rub off any tinge of saffron from the protest this after Anna came in for criticism for sharing dais with RSS leaders when he was fasting at Jantar Mantar in April.

"People should emulate the two chief ministers, Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar," said Anna.
The RSS reiterated this stand on such anti-corrutption campaigns in which it claims its cadres have been actively participating.

RSS General Secretary Sunil Joshi said that they are not funding Anna’s movement.
But for Anna adversaries support from RSS has come handy as they accuse him of drawing support from right wing elements.

Congress Spokesperson Manish Tiwari said that the RSS is group of armchair fascist.

The RSS backing has at times made BJP's position a little difficult though it agrees with some issues raised by Anna like bringing the PM within the ambit of the Lokpal but there are some points of divergence as well. For the moment though, the main opposition party prefers to wait and watch and let government bear the brunt of team Anna's campaign.


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