Advani`s remark a sad reflection on opposition: Congress

Congress said BJP veteran LK Advani`s remarks that Anna Hazare`s fast achieved more in four days than what the opposition had in two months was a `sad reflection on the opposition party`.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday said BJP veteran
LK Advani`s remarks that Anna Hazare`s fast achieved more in
four days than what the opposition had in two months was a
"sad reflection on the opposition party".

"It is a sad reflection on the opposition party" AICC
general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here when
asked to comment on Advani`s remarks.

In the latest post on his blog, Advani said Hazare`s
fast achieved more in four days than what the opposition had
in two months when it was demanding a JPC probe into the 2G
scam.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also took a jibe
at the BJP leader for his insistence for the introduction
of Lokpal Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament itself.

"For six years (when NDA was in power), neither he wrote
any blog nor took even a minor steps for setting up of
Lokpal," was Singhvi`s refrain to Advani`s remarks that he had
told Pranab Mukherjee that the bill should be passed in
monsoon session itself and what there should be no delay in
tackling corruption.

The Congress spokesperson also reacted with sarcasm to
Advani`s refrain that disapproved of spreading disdain against
politicians saying his "comments are in stark contrast to his
previous silence" on the issue.

Hailing Anna Hazare`s campaign for a "more effective"
Lokpal Bill, Advani on Tuesday disapproved of those who revel in
spreading a climate of disdain about politics and politicians
which he said was a gross disservice to democracy.

"I am of the view that those who revel in spreading a
general climate of disdain about politics and politicians are
doing a gross disservice to democracy," Advani said.

Reacting to it, Singhvi said,"We hope that Advani has
said it seriously and that his earlier silence on the issue
was not political opportunism.

"Congress has been saying it from the beginning that
individuals assign to themselves the role of the government
There is no place for a parallel government in Parliamentary
democracy....What Advani has said today is in stark contrast
to his earlier silence on the issue. We hope that his comments
are not opportunism," he said.

PTI