Hazare welcome`s Rahul remark on corruption fight, BJP says hollow

Rahul Gandhi`s remark that he was working to improve the "rotten system" after being accused of being "silent" on corruption was welcomed as a "good thing" by anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 00:06 AM IST

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi`s remark that he was
working to improve the "rotten system" after being accused of
being "silent" on corruption was welcomed as a "good thing" by
anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday but an unimpressed BJP
said it "sounded hollow".

Reacting to Rahul`s letter to former Supreme Court judge
VR Krishna Iyer that he was silently and continuously working
to rid the system of corruption. Hazare said, "I think such
youth should come forward and work for the development of the
country."

"I don`t believe what he said was in reference to me. If
fighting corruption is in his mind it is a good thing," Hazare
told reporters here.

The BJP said Rahul`s statement "sounded hollow" as it
could not see any action on the ground by the Congress-led
government to check corruption.

"It said if the Congress General Secretary was so serious
about corruption, then he should highlight the steps taken in
this direction during his party`s seven-year rule in the
country.

"We don`t see action on the ground against corruption....
The claims sound hollow. If he is taking steps than why has
corruption not ended," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad said.

Reacting sharply to Iyer`s letter accusing him
of being "silent" on corruption, Gandhi had said he is working
to improve a "rotten system" instead of just complaining and
has no intention of being glorified as a hero.

PTI