Congress’ comments on Anna unfortunate, says BJP (Lead)

August 14th, 2011 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Terming as “unfortunate” the Congress’s accusation of corruption against social activist Anna Hazare, the Bharatiya Janata Party Sunday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervene in the issue.

Talking to reporters, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said: “It is unfortunate”.

“It is the prime minister’s responsibility to protect democracy in the country. If the people under him are behaving undemocratically, will the prime minister not pay attention to it?” he said.

Earlier in the day, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari alleged that Hazare is himself involved in corruption, adding that people linked to anti-graft activist are facing serious charges, including of extortion, land grabbing and blackmailing.

Echoing Gadkari’s comments, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain raised objections to the language used by the Congress spokesman Manish Tewari and condemned the statement.

“Does the prime minister approve of such language as Manish Tewari used?” Hussain asked.

“Is this the same Congress that promises to walk on the path shown by Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi… this is very unfortunate, BJP condemns it.”

In favour of the civil society representatives on the Lokpal bill drafting committee, the BJP has been extending its support to their version of the draft, the Jan Lokpal bill.

The government has, meanwhile, accused Team Anna to be a face of the BJP, an allegation denied by both the BJP and the civil society representatives.

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