Anna Hazare ready to work with Congress
Anna Hazare on Saturday said he will work with Congress across the country if the UPA government brings a strong Lokpal Bill.
Ralegan Siddhi: After campaigning against it
in the Hisar Lok Sabha by election, Anna Hazare on Saturday said he
will work with Congress across the country if the UPA
government brings a strong Lokpal Bill in the Winter session
of Parliament and keeps its words on other reforms.
But he also sent out a warning to the Congress that if
the Lokpal Bill was not passed in the Winter session he will
work against Congress in the coming assembly elections in
Uttar Pradesh and four other states like in Hisar.
In an interview to a private tv channel before going on `Maun Vrat`,
the Gandhian said after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s latest
letter to him he was encouraged that the government would
bring a strong Lokpal, the channel said in a release.
"If the government brings a strong Lokpal and keeps its
other promises, why should I oppose the Congress. In fact we
will work with the Congress," he said referring to the Lokpal
Bill and to electoral reforms including right to reject,
decentralisation and more powers to gram sabhas.
Seeking to dispel the notion that Team Anna is
anti-Congress, he denied that Team Anna had against Congress
in Hisar at the behest of BJP and RSS.
"I have only seen him (RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat) on TV, I
have never met him or spoken to him. These are all
allegations. In politics political parties are ready to do
anything. The Congress, BJP and RSS are together conspiring to
defame Anna. I have nothing to do with the RSS or BJP," Hazare
Hazare denied that that he had received a letter from the
RSS. "I don`t even recognise Ram Madhav," he said when asked
why the RSS leader was allowed on stage during the Jantar
He said he had never thanked BJP President Nitin Gadkari
for the BJP`S support. "If someone else from my team did, I
In a rebuff to Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan, Hazare
said he completely disassociated himself with his remarks on
"I am against anybody who talks about dividing the
country. I am very uncomfortable with what Bhushan has said.
Our core committee will meet to decide on his continuing as a
team member. After it meets. I will take a decision."
Hazare also said Arvind Kejriwal was wrong in saying that
Anna Hazare is above Parliament. "Arvind Kejriwal has not told
me what he has said. But if he did say Anna is above
Parliament, it`s wrong. People are above Parliament, not
He said he would tell his colleagues not to exceed their
brief and speak on each and every issue.
Hazare laughed off Congress leader Digvijay Singh`s claim
that he was being set up as a Presidential candidate in 2012.
"I neither have the aptitude nor the desire to become
President. In any case, if I become President I won`t be able
to do what I have been doing for society now."
He said the Congress and BJP were shooting in the dark by
spreading such rumours.