Kejriwal, Anna target Congress, let BJP off

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 29, 2011 01:26 IST

Anna Hazare and his team could not stop raging against the Congress-led UPA government on Wednesday as they announced that they were winding up the three-day agitation in the city on day 2 itself.

Anna and his colleague Arvind Kejriwal, who spoke at a press conference at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds, however, spared the BJP and other parties that had opposed various provisions of the lokpal Bill in Parliament as well as the amendment to the Constitution, which would made the Bill stronger.

Team Anna has now declared open war against the Congress. In their next step of action, they have decided to go to the five states due for elections and campaign against the UPA.

However, when repeatedly questioned about why Team Anna was not criticising other parties, Anna walked out of the press conference. Kejriwal insisted that they hold the Congress responsible because it is the ruling party.

Earlier, Anna had dismissed the Lokpal bill passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday night and accused the government of cheating the people of the country by presenting a weak Bill. "The UPA government has cheated us, and we will openly campaign against them, saying they have fooled us repeatedly," Anna said.

"Only Sonia and Rahul Gandhi rule the Congress party in its high-command structure. None of our elected representatives ask us if we want a certain law, but they ask the high command," Kejriwal said.

The activists went so far as to say that they don't blame any other party, neither the BJP, BSP or SP, for the failure to bring in a strong lokpal Bill. "It is the Congress which is in majority in the House. If it had the will, it could have passed the entire Bill with its amendments," Kejriwal said. "Also, if SP or BSP had wanted to clear the Bill, would they have been able to do it on their own?" Kejriwala alleged that there seems to be a link between their walkout and the pending CBI cases against their leaders, Mayawati and Mulayam Singh.

According to Kejriwal, they would have held the BJP as accountable if it had been the ruling party.

Reacting to the tirade, the state Congress said Anna should introspect on why his agitation did not get good response from people. "Let him [Anna] now start a campaign against the BJP that opposed constitutional status to lokpal. The Congress has done what it could to enact a legislation on lokpal," said state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.


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