Anna’s movement survived because of BJP: Gadkari

Congress would have dealt with Anna Hazare`s fast at Ramleela Maidan the same way it dealt with Baba Ramdev`s fast, had the main opposition party not declared support to Hazare.

Panaji: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday claimed that Congress would have dealt with Anna Hazare`s fast
at Ramleela Maidan the same way it dealt with Baba Ramdev`s
fast, had the main opposition party not declared support to
Hazare.

"If I had not given letter of support to Anna Hazare, he
would have faced the same fate as Ramdev," Gadkari said during
an interaction at Goa Think Fest 2011 here.

"Congress went on saying that BJP did not support Hazare
till we gave the letter," Gadkari said, claiming that some
Congress leaders had told Team Anna that BJP was not with
Hazare.

"Congress`s strategy was to finish Anna`s agitation."
BJP was the first political party to support Hazare`s
fast as it was in the interest of the country, Gadkari said.

Referring to allegations of nexus between Hazare and RSS,
he said, "Sangh had said that they are with whoever who is
fighting against the corruption."

He also said that he did not mind Hazare distancing
himself from BJP. "I am not upset, whether he distances
himself or not," he said, adding that the party would stand by
any person who acts in the interest of the country.

PTI

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