Anna Hazare can go wherever he feels like: Salman KhurshidApril 27th, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid commenting on Lucknow University’s denial to anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s meeting within the campus premises, on Wednesday said that being a Gandhian, Hazare can go wherever he feels like.
The Lucknow University had earlier given permission to Lucknow University Teachers Association (LUTA) for organising an interactive session of students and teachers with Hazare, but later withdrew it citing local intelligence reports that the meeting may invite trouble.
Khurshid, who is also a panel member of the Ombudsman Bill, also suggested Hazare to visit Karnataka, which is being ruled by the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I do not know if she (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati) is scared or not. This is her way of thinking and taking decisions. This is not our way of thinking. We believe in transparency. If any one wants to come forward and speak they are most welcome. Digvijay Singh had asked Anna Hazare to visit Uttar Pradesh,” said Khurshid.
“Digvijay Singh had requested Hazare to have a look at the situation in Uttar Pradesh. If Anna Hazare is going to Uttar Pradesh, it is a good thing. I think that Anna Hazare should visit Karnataka also,” he added.
Salman Khurshid further said the ruling Congress Party also supported the fight against corruption and was trying its best to punish the culprits involved in several scams.
“We support the fight against corruption. We cannot support any specific person. We can only support Congressmen. We give full support to the fight against corruption and we welcome everybody for it. We oppose corruption,” said Khurshid.
“We accept that when our party is in power many corruption activities happened, but we are trying to punish them and we are doing everything that is needed to bring out the truth,” he added.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre has faced several criticisms from the Opposition, as several top ministers have been involved in various scandals like the 2G Spectrum and the 2010 Commonwealth Games scams. (ANI)
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