`Anna campaign not to impact Cong’s poll prospects`

The anti-corruption campaign led by Anna Hazare would not adversely impact Congress prospects in five poll bound states.

Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 16:51 PM IST

Thrissur: The anti-corruption campaign
led by Anna Hazare would not adversely impact Congress
prospects in five poll bound states, senior party leader
A K Antony on Monday said.

Asked if Team Anna`s activities would be a `threat` to the
Congress in the coming Assembly polls in the five States,
Antony said Congress has mass public support in the country
and Hazare`s activities would not adversely affect the
election prospects of the Congress, he told reporters here.

Antony, who is Defence Minister, ruled out the possibility
of any foreign powers behind the anti-corruption campaign.
India had gone through more critical stages after independence
and no foreign power could sabotage the country`s democracy,
he said.

Answering a query, Antony said he did not think any foreign
power could undermine democracy and secularism in the country.

Referring to the severe criticism of UPA government by the
Comptroller and Auditor General, Antony said that was the
CAG`s duty not to `give clean chit` to the Government. CAG`s
duty was to critically examine the activities of Government,
he said.

The CAG report would be placed before the Public Accounts
Committee of the Lok Sabha for scrutiny and then appropriate
action would be taken on the concerned areas, Antony added.

Antony later called on ailing writer and literary critic
Sukumar Azhikode, who is undergoing treatment at a nearby
Hospital.

PTI