New Delhi: The government`s failure to deal with corruption led to the massive public support for Anna Hazare, forcing the government to accept his demand for a stringent Lokpal Bill, the BJP said Saturday.
"The government has been forced to respond to people`s reaction to a year of scandals," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She was reacting to the successful campaign by Gandhian Hazare, who ended five days of hunger strike Saturday.
"It (government`s response) was to people`s reaction to year of scandals and failure to deal with corruption charges. Anna Hazare has been an icon for youths who rallied behind him," Sitharaman told a news agency.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Nilotpal Basu said the government had been jolted by Hazare.
"The public image of the government has taken a battering. At this point, the focus is entirely on the question of corruption."