New Delhi: Congress and BJP were on Friday
engaged in a slugfest over government`s refusal of permission
to Anna Hazare to go on a fast against the Lokpal Bill with
the opposition party dubbing it as "undemocratic," a charge
strongly refuted by the ruling party.
While the BJP said that the move "is an attempt to
throttle and scuttle the voice of the people" against
corruption, Congress dismissed as a "joke" suggestions that
the party and the government were afraid of the Gandhian.
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said that the
party-led UPA is proud of coming up with a "very significant"
"Our commitment to deal with corruption is unequivocal,
unambiguous, sincere and strong. We have laboured hard and
burnt the midnight oil for the legislative framework", Singhvi
Noting that if Team Anna has any problems over the
restrictions then they can approach a court of law, "We are
not a banana republic. If they are apprehensive about misuse
of the legal provision, they are welcome to approach the
BJP spokesman Jagat Prakash Nadda described the union
cabinet-approved Lokpal Bill as a "ploy to hoodwink" the
"We are of the firm belief that any individual, civil
society, organisation or political party, which raises its
voice against corruption, has a right to do so. Congress,
which is deeply involved in corruption, has no moral courage
to fight corruption. They want to crush, throttle and scuttle
any voice raised against corruption," he said.
Delhi Police has told team Anna that they cannot go for
their proposed indefinite fast and sit-in at Jantar Mantar on
August 16 and asked them to either choose a venue outside the
capital or give a definite time-frame for their campaign near