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BJP advises Anna to stay away from politics

india Updated: Oct 21, 2011 02:47 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar

After Congress, now BJP has advised Anna Hazare to stay away from indulging in politics, as it may dilute their fight against corruption, a move which has been supported by the people of the country.

"Both Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev have raised key issues including bringing Jan Lokpal and black money deposited in foreign banks, respectively, but the issues raked by them and supported by people could be diluted if such renowned social leaders indulge in politics," National vice president of BJP and former union minister Shanta Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Shanta, who was at Phagwara to attend a state level function to celebrate the 61st foundation of Jan Sangh (initial name of BJP) said that if social leaders keep themselves confined to the issue of eradicating corruption, it would definitely yield results and help the country become a developed country in the near future.

Asked whether he attributed the win of BJP supported candidate Kuldip Bishnoi in Hisar parliamentary by-poll to Team Anna's movement against the Congress, Shanta said what Team Anna did in Hisar was not good for politics.

"Now Anna is saying that if Congress would pass Jan Lokpal Bill then they would campaign for Congress in the next assembly elections in five states. Why should they get to that level to campaign against or campaign for a party without any consistency in their approach?," he quipped.

Former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, who is also incharge of party affairs of Punjab, said that BJP is also fighting against corruption, but through political means and is determined to take its fight to a logical conclusion.

Yeddyurappa incident an embarrassment

Shanta admitted that former Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa's involvement in corruption was an embarrassment to the party and said it happened due to delay in "action" by the party.

"This could have been avoided. Yedurappa would not have gone to jail and we would have also escaped embarrassment if timely action was taken by us," said Kumar, who was virtually a whistle-blower against Yeddyurappa.