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Cong, govt reject Anna`s `gang of four` remarks

Government and Congress dismissed as unfortunate Anna Hazare`s remarks that a `gang of four` was behind a smear campaign against Team Anna.

Updated: Oct 25, 2011, 20:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Government and Congress on Tuesday dismissed as unfortunate Anna Hazare`s remarks that a `gang of
four` was behind a smear campaign against Team Anna and said
there should be no encouragement for any "discord" with the
civil society.

Amid the sparring between Team Anna and Congress over
the Lokpal issue, Congress spokeperson Rashid Alvi questioned
the choice of words like `gang of four` to attack the Congress
and the Government and asked whether they were in tune with
Indian ethos.

"We respect Anna deeply and it is unfortunate he
used such words," he said.
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid said
"things will be said and people would think that they should
say something. I don`t think we should engage in a dialogue of
this kind through the media."

"Please don`t try to create greater difference between
civil society and the government... Whoever tries to create
difference between civil society and the government is not
working in the interest of the society," he said.

Noting that the two sides have enough channels for
direct communication, he said, "I am sure we have a lot of
channels by which we can talk directly. I don`t think we
should encourage discord and distance between civil society
and government."
Hazare had yesterday defended Bedi from the allegations
of "air travel corruption" and accused a "gang of four" in the
government of being behind a smear campaign against his team
members.

Alvi also rejected contentions that Government was
leaking documents to defame Team Anna but insisted " this is
not important from where the documents are coming. What is
important is that whether the documents have truth in them or
not. They (Team Anna members) should reply to that."

He said that it becomes all the more incumbent upon
those fighting against corruption to answer people when
allegations are being levelled against them.

PTI