Congress plans media blitz to tackle Anna effect

With its government under attack from Opposition and sections of civil society on corruption issue, Congress has decided to launch a massive public campaign.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 22:22 PM IST

New Delhi: With its government under
attack from Opposition and sections of civil society on
corruption issue, Congress has decided to launch a massive
public campaign to "expose" what it calls their "grand design
to usurp power through undemocratic means".

Besides plans to hold a series of media interactions
and public rallies across the country, the party has also
brought out a booklet encapsulating "The Congress View on
Present Situation".
Dwelling on the issues of corruption and black money
in the wake of the recent agitations by Anna Hazare and Baba
Ramdev, the booklet says, "Many of the demands raised by
different persons are ill-informed and baseless."

AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the
party has decided to strongly face the challenge "at a time
when efforts are being made to spread all kinds of rumours".

He also lambasted the BJP for describing the police
action at Ramlila ground during Ramdev`s agitation as
"blackest day" in the country`s history and said, "The
blackest day in the modern history of India was when Mahatma
Gandhi was murdered".

Dwivedi said that a decision has been taken that party
leaders will hold interactions with media in different parts
of the country to put forth Congress` perspective on the issue
and senior leaders will hold party rallies in all state
capitals before June 30.

Senior ministers from the government, AICC in-charge
of states and the state leadership will participate in the
rallies.
The booklet said, "while action on corruption and
blackmoney is indeed important, we must not forget that the
main objectives of good government are inclusive growth,
development, employment and abolition of poverty."

Cautioning the people on the dangers of communalism,
religious fundamentalism and right wing extremism, it said it
is these forces that create the conditions for the rise of
terrorism.

"Right wing fundamentalist forces are currently for
two reasons. The first reason is that they have lost political
clout and are unable to win elections. The second reason is
that they have been found of and are now accused of several
terrorist cases including the bomb blast in Samjhauta Express,
Mecca Masjid and Malegaon."

PTI