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Monday, 12 December 2011

Congress attacks Hazare for remarks on Rahul

NEW DELHI, 12 DEC: Anna Hazare came in for scathing attack from Congress leaders who dubbed him a RSS spokesperson for his charge against Mr Rahul Gandhi over the Lokpal issue.

One of the leaders warned that partymen won't tolerate such accusations with political motives. “Rahul Gandhi is not even in the government and he is only the Party general secretary. Mr Hazare is attacking him for weakening the Lokpal Bill to help vested interests tarnish his image. Congressmen will not tolerate this,” Congress Member of Parliament Mr PV Hanumanth Rao told reporters here.

Steel minister Mr Beni Prasad Verma said: “the Opposition is scared of Rahul Gandhi and Anna has become their spokesperson especially that of the RSS. Is he a laat sahab, let him come to UP (elections), we will see him there,” while reacting to Anna Hazare's comments on the Congress general secretary. “Anna is trying to scare Congress but we are not afraid of him. If he is 75, then Congress is 125 years old,” Mr Verma said.
Asked for his reaction on the issue, Congress leader Mr Satyavrat Chaturvedi said: “His (Anna's) word is not the one of Lord Brahma. Is he Satyawadi Harishchandra, I do not agree with this.”

The Congress leader was asked about his views on Anna's statement on Mr Rahul Gandhi. Congress spokesperson Mr Rashid Alvi said it was Mr Gandhi who wanted a strong Lokpal and worked for giving constitutional staus to the proposed body.

“Anna Hazare is doing politics (on Lokpal issue),” he said. Asked why the Congress did not send its representative to Mr Hazare's fast venue yesterday, Mr Alvi said: “We did not go there as we could not be present at a dias where Sonia and Rahul Gandhi would have been criticised. Jantar Mantar can be stage for politics but not for law-making.”

In another development, lashing out at Team Anna for targeting Mr Gandhi, Mr Digvijay Singh today alleged that its intent was political and it was out to create an environment against the Congress. “The intent of all Anna team, Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar is political. Corruption is not the issue, their issue is how to create an environment against the Congress party,” he said, while asserting there was no question of going back on the issue of strong Lokpal.

Hinting that Team Anna is acting at the behest of BJP, Mr Singh said: “BJP's gameplan has been to divert the attention from Sangh members involved in terror activities.”


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