Cong accuses Oppn of acting out of pol expediency

With oppn parties closing ranks in support of Anna, Cong warned that it will have serious repercussions for democracy and political process.

Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

New Delhi: With opposition parties closing
ranks in support of Anna Hazare, Congress on Tuesday decried it as
a move based on "political expediency" and warned that it will
have serious repercussions for democracy and political
process.

"It is entirely result of temporary political
expediency.... ignorance of history and humongous ignorance of
the Constitution law," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi
said and dismissed suggestions that the situation arising out
of Hazare`s arrest reminded of Emergency.

He steered clear of questions on whether the party, which
had launched a sharp attack on Hazare two days back, has done
a course correction.

"There is no deviation. There could be a change of words
as also putting things but there is no change in stand," said
Singhvi, who faced a volley of questions including whether he
agreed with his colleague Manish Tewari that Hazare was
"steeped in corruption from head to toe".

Singhvi emphasised that if Delhi Police had in their
wisdom effected certain "reasonable" restrictions on Hazare,
it "is not infallible and if anybody is aggrieved they can
approach the dispute redressal mechanism.

"But you do not go to court to challenge it.... It is for
the court to decide whether the decision is right or wrong,"
he said.

The Congress spokesperson also sought to turn the
tables on the opposition over the issue asking them whether
they will support indefinite fast on an issue like Lokpal
Bill, which has become property of Parliament. He also asked
whether the opposition will support regular joint drafting
committees.

PTI