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Team Anna-Congress war of words intensifies

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 18:18

Hisar/New Delhi: The Team Anna-Congress war
of words intensified on Tuesday with Arvind Kejriwal dismissing as
"absurd" talk of Anna Hazare nursing an ambition to become
President and Digvijay Singh asking why they were not
attacking BJP and only targeting his party.

Claiming that Team Anna was not campaigning for any party
in the run up to the October 13 Hisar Lok Sabha bypolls,
Kejriwal said their movement should not be held responsible if
in any way it benefits the opposition.

"We are fighting for systemic changes. We are not
campaigning for anyone or asking voters to vote for a
particular candidate. We are not responsible if opposition is
benefited. It is the Congress which is responsible for this.

"If they make an announcement (about bringing the Jan
Lokpal Bill) today, we will withdraw our entire campaign
against them," he told reporters here.

In New Delhi, Singh asked Hazare why he was not attacking
the BJP and cautioned him against "lofty promises" by that
party of making him a Presidential candidate.

"You have never raised your voice against the BJP,"
Singh, who has been a vocal critic of Team Anna, said and
asked why Hazare was "silent" on the issue of corruption when
the BJP-led NDA was in power.

"What is being seen now is that you have been strongly
opposing the Congress and as against this you have been
praising BJP`s Narendra Modi despite the fact that there is no
Lokayukta in Gujarat for the past nine years," Singh said
in a four-page open letter.


First Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 18:18

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