Encouraged by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s latest letter to him, anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare on Sunday promised to work with the Congress if the Centre ensured a bill to create a strong Lokpal would be passed in the winter session of Parliament.
At the same time, he sent out a warning to the ruling party that if the bill was not passed in the winter session, he would work against the Congress in assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Manipur next year.
In an interview to TV channel Aaj Tak before going on maun vrat (vow of silence), Hazare, 74, said after Singh’s letter to him, he was encouraged that the government would bring a strong Lokpal, the channel said in a release.
“If the government brings a strong Lokpal and keeps its other promises, why should I oppose the Congress? In fact we will work with the Congress,” he said, referring to the Lokpal bill and electoral reforms.
Seeking to dispel the notion that Team Anna was anti-Congress, he denied they had campaigned against the Congress in Hisar at the behest of the BJP and RSS.
“I have seen him (RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat) only on TV,” Hazare said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said Hazare had decided to observe maun vrat so that he did not have to reply to questions related to jailed BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and team Anna member Prashant Bhushan.