The BJP, which is facing corruption charges in its states of Karnataka and Uttarakhand, on Monday asked the civil society activists, including Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev, not to give clarification over charges levied by the Congress. Arguing that the Congress, which “itself is neck-deep in corruption”, has no moral right to question people like Mr Hazare and Baba Ramdev, the main Opposition said people have faith in both, therefore, if needed Mr Hazare and Baba Ramdev should answer to the people.
The party also demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should clarify whether he is in agreement or disagreement with the inclusion of the post of the Prime Minister in the proposed Lokpal bill.
“We would advise civil society activists not give clarification to all charges made against them by the Congress. This is a trap. People have faith in you. Go ahead with your work,” BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Alleging that the Congress stands isolated on the corruption issue, Mr Rudy said, “It seems there is slugfest within the Congress on whether to bring the Prime Minister within the ambit of the bill. The Prime Minister needs to clarify his stand on this issue.”
When asked if the BJP was in agreement with social activists like Mr Hazare’s and Baba Ramdev’s demands on corruption and black money, Mr Rudy said, “The issue is more important than the individual.”
Taking a dig at finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for his comments against Mr Hazare and Baba Ramdev, the BJP leader said, “Till now we understood that the responsibility of issuing weird statements from the Congress was given to a general secretary. Whether this was speaking against the RSS, Anna Hazare or Ramdev. But now we find that Pranab Mukherjee, whom we consider to be a very seasoned politician, is charging the BJP of fomenting trouble across the country.” Asian Age