Congress back Digvijay Singh on Lokpal Bill issue

Unfazed by Gandhian Anna Hazare`s complaint to party chief Sonia Gandhi on Lokpal Bill, Congress on Monday came out in support of party general secretary Digvijay Singh.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 21:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Unfazed by Gandhian Anna
Hazare`s complaint to party chief Sonia Gandhi on Lokpal Bill,
Congress on Monday came out in support of party general secretary
Digvijay Singh asking what crime he has committed by airing
his opinion on the issue.

"He has been Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for two
terms. He is a responsible leader in political and social
field. Has he committed a crime?" party spokesperson Manish
Tewari asked.

He was replying to a barrage of questions on Hazare`s
letter to Gandhi in which he complained that "corrupt forces"
have united to derail the process of drafting an effective
Lokpal Bill.

The refrain of Tewari was "in a democracy everybody
is entitled to articulate his or her views. This course in
democracy is not a one way affair. If in a democracy, if you
cannot place your views in public space, it will spell death
of democracy."

He also sought to fault Hazare and his supporters for
not maintaining the sanctity of the debriefing process.
On the issue the controversial CD relating to one of
the Joint Committee members Shanti Bhushan, Tewari said police
have already lodged an FIR into the matter. "I have nothing to
add or subtract," he said.

As the war over the alleged fake CD involving eminent
lawyer and panel co-chair Shanti Bhushan intensified, Hazare
said one of the strategies of the corrupt forces is to "smear
the reputations" of civil society members in the committee.

Hazare, who is leading a campaign for a strong
anti-graft legislation, today wrote a two-page letter to
Gandhi, making veiled references to Congress general secretary
Digvijay Singh, who has been attacking him, and to HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal, and asked her to advise her "colleagues"
not to try to derail the process of drafting of law.

PTI