Political battlelines on Anna Hazare’s campaign were reinforced on Sunday with the BJP taking on the government for putting restrictions on his protest action and asking why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not intervening in the matter. “There may be differences in opinions, but every one has a right to protest. The conditions on Anna Hazare’s fast are violation of our fundamental rights… This is an abuse of freedom of speech.
Why the Prime Minister cannot intervene in this, when the fundamental rights are being violated?” BJP president Nitin Gadkari told reporters here. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had turned down Hazare’s appeal for his intervention to get a location for his August 16 fast asking him to approach the statutory authorities with his grievances .
In his letter, Hazare accused the government of “crushing the fundamental rights of people” and suppressing those who raised their voice against corruption . The Prime Minister had asked him to address his grievances to the statutory authorities saying his office did not in any way get involved in the decisionmaking process. Delhi Police conditions limit Hazare’s protest to maximum of three days and assembly of 5,000 people. Economic Times