Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who said that Anna Hazare’s views on combating graft will receive the government’s full attention, has appealed to the Gandhian to give up his fast.
In a statement issued here, Gandhi said she was pained by Anna Hazare’s fast unto death. “The issues he has raised are of grave public concern. There can be no two views on the urgent necessity of combating graft and corruption in public life. I believe that the laws in these matters must be effective and must deliver the desired results,” Gandhi said in her appeal.
This statement from the Congress president is in stark contrast with the assertions of her party leaders in the past two days. Party spokesman Manish Tewari had even sensed a saffron conspiracy behind Hazare’s protests. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Tewari had said that Hazare’s agitation was premature and that he should have waited for consultations with the government.
Hazare had hit back saying that his letters on the issue to the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi did not elicit any reply. “I waited for two months and then decided on the hunger strike,” Hazare had said. Sonia Gandhi’s call clearly shows the anxiety within Congress to contain the political damage for the party from the agitation. Hazare, who has now become the messenger for the public outrage over corruption, has been targeting the ruling side in his speeches.
This has been finding receptive ears in every part of the country as it comes close on the heels of revelations in the 2G spectrum allocation and CWG scandals.
Although Congress, or for that matter any party, will not be comfortable with the growing trend to tarnish the image of the ordinary politician and the call to approve activists-determined correctness, the current mood will not permit any counter view. Economic Times