Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Sunday lashed out at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, saying undue harassment of civil society members may send out the wrong message and cause unrest in the country.
“The government should give up its vindictive approach. Otherwise it will create unrest in the society,” Hazare said, referring to the notices of breach of privilege and income tax (I-T) service notices slapped on key members of his team.
Hazare’s key associates Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan on Saturday received notices of breach of parliamentary privilege for their utterances against parliamentarians. An IT notice was also served on Kejriwal, asking him to pay Rs9 lakh for violating the terms of his Indian Revenue Service bond in 2006.
Another Team Anna member and former top cop Kiran Bedi has already been issued breach of privilege notices by the Parliament.
Speaking to mediapersons in his native village, Ralegan Siddhi, around 85 km from here, Hazare questioned the government’s motive in slapping such notices.
“The government must try to create trust and bridge the gap with the common man instead of sending out a wrong message,” the 74-year-old said.
On Friday, Hazare had slammed Union home minister P Chidambaram calling him “mischievous”.
Gadkari writes to PM
BJP national president Nitin Gadkari has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to "rein in" government agencies trying to attack civil society and political rivals raising their voice against the government.
Gadkari's letter likens the present situation to the Emergency, “when CBI, Enforcement Directorate, income-tax department and revenue intelligence were unabashedly misused by the government to harass those voicing dissent”, and adds that the government's “cheap tactics” is harming the reputation of the political class.
“It is appalling to note that various agencies of your government are resorting to a sinister campaign against members of Team Anna, Baba Ramdev and other political adversaries with the ulterior motive of settling scores with them,” Gadkari said.