The Bharatiya Janata Party may be wary of Anna Hazare’s continued campaign in favour of his Jan Lokpal bill, as opposed to the Bill introduced in Parliament. But party MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi is all praise for Mr. Hazare, whom he described as a “movement” against corruption.
After the Delhi police refused Mr. Hazare permission to start a protest at Jantar Mantar, Mr. Gandhi not only expressed support for his tenacity, but also offered him his government bungalow — not far from Jantar Mantar — as a venue for his protest.
“If the government does not offer a public place for Shri Anna Hazare’s fast, I am proud to offer him my house and official residence as MP and I hope he will avail [himself] of the offer,” Mr. Gandhi said here on Saturday.
Of course, it could not be immediately ascertained if rules permit MPs to use their official/government bungalows for this kind of activity.
When BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy was asked whether Mr. Gandhi also reflected the party’s view and if the BJP supported the bill-burning act of Mr. Hazare and his supporters, he said: “People were angry and they were expressing their anger and frustration. It was an outburst of emotion.”
Later, after his interaction with the press, Mr. Rudy said: “The BJP does not agree with Mr. Hazare’s style of burning bills…but we are sympathetic to the feelings he is trying to express.” Hindu