Cong dealing with Anna in "autocratic" manner: BJP

BJP on Saturday accused the Congress-led UPA government of dealing with Anna Hazare, who plans to go on a fast-unto-death on corruption issue, in an "autocratic" manner and said the behaviour is reminiscent of the Emergency days.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Saturday accused the
Congress-led UPA government of dealing with Anna Hazare, who
plans to go on a fast-unto-death on corruption issue, in an
"autocratic" manner and said the behaviour is reminiscent of
the Emergency days.
"Congress is never at ease in dealing with civil society
and political parties. It wants the Anna Hazare matter to be
put to rest. We are not surprised at this behaviour of the
Congress. This is the party which had imposed emergency on the
country and what is being done now is an example of that," BJP
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Asked if BJP was supporting Hazare`s cause on Lokpal
Bill, she said the party will give "moral support" to anybody
who is fighting corruption.
Sitharaman charged Congress was showing its "autocratic
ways" by laying conditions for Hazare`s fast and dithering on
providing a viable venue for it.

Delhi police, allegedly at the behest of the central
government, had laid down 22 conditions for Hazare`s fast. He
has accepted 20 of these conditions but refused to end the
fast in three days and keep the crowd restricted to only
5,000.

PTI