Ahmednagar: Dismissing Digvijay Singh`s
statement that he had links with late RSS leader Nanaji
Deshmukh, Anna Hazare today said that such allegations were
being levelled against him by "supporters of corruption" as
they had no other issue to raise.
"The allegations prove that supporters of corruption in
India have no valid issues left," he told PTI.
The Gandhian said social leaders like Deshmukh were above
political ideologies, and selfish party and power politics.
"If there is a picture of mine with Nanaji, does it mean
that the country does not need the Jan Lokpal Bill and there
is no need to tackle corruption by ministers and political
leaders," the 74-year-old activist asked.
Earlier in the day, Congress general secretary Digvijay
Singh had claimed that Hazare had once worked as a secretary
with Deshmukh. The Congress leader also referred to a picture
to support his remarks
"Anna Hazare worked as secretary with RSS leader Nanaji
Deshmukh and (got himself) trained in (sangh activities) in
1983 in Gonda. See Nai Duniya front page today," Singh today
wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"And he denied any association with RSS! Now whom do we
believe Facts with Picture and the claim of RSS or Anna ? I am
again proved right," he tweeted.
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said such allegations
were part of Congress` "tactics" to divert attention from the
"Congress government is targeting Anna unnecessarily by
spreading such rumours. Even former president Abdul Kalam and
Digvijay Singh have been photographed with Deshmukh," Kejriwal
He was addressing the media at the MMRDA grounds in
suburban Mumbai where Hazare will be sitting on fast from
"What is the mistake of Anna Hazare? That he is raising
his voice against corruption? He has got medals from the
Army," Kejriwal said, adding wrong message was being spread
against the anti-corruption crusader.
Hitting out at the UPA government, Kejriwal said "the
government is provoking us by saying Anna is an RSS agent,".