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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Anna stir has lost its sting, says Congress

A senior member of the Congress party and Union cabinet minister, speaking off the record, says the Anna movement has gradually lost its sting, and would peter out in the days to come.

In the periodic pre-poll party surveys that the Congress has been carrying out, there was concern from the middle of August to end of September that about 100 urban constituencies in Uttar Pradeshreflected the impact of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement. People, especially the youth, were angry with the government, their ire against rising prices and the economic distress that this entailed building up into a wave against corruption.

The same mood was visible and perceptible in the urban areas of Punjab as well. But the weekly pre-poll party surveys done by Punjab Congress leader Capt Amrinder Singh shows that anger against corruption in Punjab towns is petering out.

The reason for the change in mood is that three prominent Team Anna members — Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi — have got into trouble of their own making.

Similarly, Anna’s latest letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh that he would go on fast if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the winter session of Parliament is being seen as ineffective because he has written a little too many times.

“A threat does not remain a threat when it is repeated too many times,” was the wry comment.


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