BJP criticises PM`s stand on Hazare`s fast

With the government putting conditions on Anna Hazare`s fast, BJP on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to "introspect" on his stand which it described as being against democracy.

Updated: Aug 15, 2011, 13:02 PM IST

New Delhi: With the government putting
conditions on Anna Hazare`s fast, BJP on Monday asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to "introspect" on his stand which it
described as being against democracy.

"The Prime Minister should introspect on this issue...
those who said there was zero corruption in 2G spectrum, those
who first called Baba Ramdev a saint and talked to him
three-four times, those who talked to Anna Hazare 10 times,
then said these people were good," BJP president Nitin Gadkari
said.

However, when Ramdev and Hazare did not fall in line
and stood their ground on corruption the government turned
against them, he said.

"Now when they (Ramdev and Hazare) are talking about
removing corruption they are being targeted and government is
looking for ways to end their agitation," Gadkari said.

Government has asked Hazare to restrict the strength of
the crowd at his fast-unto-death to 5,000 and end it in three
days.

"There is a policy that if you hold a protest, we will
not allow it. The way this government is working and the
statement that the Prime Minister made is completely against
democracy," Gadkari said.

In his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort today,
Singh said, "We want a strong Lokpal to prevent corruption in
high places... I am aware of the differences of opinion on
some aspects of the (Lokpal) Bill. Those who don`t agree with
this Bill can put forward their views to Parliament, political
parties and even the press. However, I also believe that they
should not resort to hunger strikes and fasts-unto-death."

Singh also said no government had a magic wand to end
corruption.

Earlier, Singh had replied to Hazare`s letter seeking
his intervention by saying it was not his brief. The PM had
asked him to talk to Delhi police about his grievances.

PTI