‘Anna surrounded by politically ambitious people’

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh launched an attack on Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, saying they need to look inwards.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 00:50 AM IST

New Delhi: Claiming that a "straight-forward
and simple" man like Anna Hazare was surrounded by politically
ambitious people, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Sunday launched an attack on Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, saying
they need to look inwards instead of just terming politicians
as criminals.

His attack came against the backdrop of Kejriwal and Bedi
coming under fresh fire over allegations of financial
malfeasance and using their influence for personal gains.

"These are people who call politicians criminals. My
point is politicians may be criminals but look inwards too,"
Singh told `Seedhi Baat` programme on `Aajtak`.

On Bedi, he said she took concessional tickets for
travelling but charged business class tickets from organizers
who invited her.
He alleged Bedi misused the quota system to get her
daughter a seat in a medical college when she was posted in

On Kejriwal, he said the activist is facing action from
the Indian Revenue Service for violation of government rules.

Singh said Hazare was a "straight-forward, simple man but
was surrounded by politically ambitious people like Arvind
"Kerjriwal`s political aspirations are coming out. Why
doesn`t he fight elections then. If they are so popular..as
they seem to make out with opinion polls, why not enter the
electoral fray," he said.

He said he had never been pulled up by the party for his
outspokenness and on his attacks on Hazare. "I have never
received a notice. Janardan Dwivedi has never called me up.
Yes, Sonia did once tell me that I should not have called
Chidambaram intellectually arrogant," he said.

To a question that there were people in the party who
felt Rahul Gandhi did not have the leadership spark, he said,

"I want to know which Congress leader has said this. Rahul is
very focused. He has leadership and it is evolving. Rahul
does not need to grab power."