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Amarinder accuses Team Anna of betraying political interest

india Updated: Oct 09, 2011 19:00 IST

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Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh accused Team Anna of betraying its vested and political interests by campaigning against Congress in Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll and asked it to clarify which party in the fray it is supporting.

"Whom are they supporting, Chautalas (INLD) or Bhajan Lal's party (Haryana Janhit Congress)," the former Punjab chief minister said when told that Team Anna had been asking people not to vote for Congress in the October 13 by-election.

Team Anna has simply betrayed its vested and political interests by urging people to oppose Congress, Amarinder, who was here to interact with farmers and members of the civil society, told reporters.

"When they ask people not to vote for Congress do they want them to vote for Indian National Lok Dal led by Om Prakash Chautala and Haryana Janhit Congress founded by late Bhajan Lal about whom the less said the better," he said.

They (Team Anna members) have simply betrayed their agenda and established that they were acting at the behest of someone else against the Congress, he said, while asserting, "moreover they have no moral right or locus standi to ask people for whom to vote or not."

On another question about the reports of Anna Hazare also coming to Punjab during elections in support of the Akali-BJP alliance, the PCC President said he hoped the social activist verified the credentials of the Akalis and the BJP leaders before coming to the state.

"His very purpose will get defeated if he comes in support of Akali-BJP government which is the most corrupt government in Punjab," he said.

To a question that he had advised Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to retire, the Congress leader replied in the negative saying Badal had himself expressed the wish to retire and he had only advised him to rest in the old age home he had set up in his village.