Ralegan Siddhi: In response to the allegations levelled by Union Minister V Narayanasamy at Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi for being anti-nationals, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said that he was disappointed with the statements made by the government.
Anna dared the government to act against him and his team if they were anti-nationals. ‘Punish me if I am guilty’, he said. At the same time he asked the Centre to “show the proof of foreign-funding for his movement.”
“I have been accused of not giving an account of the money which was collected at Ramlila Maidan. This is completely wrong. Account of every penny is there for everyone to see. We are in the clear,” Anna Hazare said. He in turn mocked at the government for not giving account of the money which they collect.
Addressing a press conference here, Hazare said allegations against his team were to divert attention from the demand for a strong Lokpal bill and that if anti-corruption crusaders are viewed in this way, it is unfortunate.
"They (ministers) said that there are foreign powers behind Team Anna. They blame us but who are these foreign powers. They did not tell. What foreign power, which country, they did not tell. Such false accusations are not right," he said.
"If the Prime Minister sees the anti-corruption activists as anti-nationals, that is unfortunate for the country. If the Prime Minister feels that foreign powers are behind Team Anna, then it is necessary that he clearly tell the citizens who are those forces," he said.
Hazare said a common person levelling allegations was a different matter but when PMO levels such charges it is serious. "You have such a huge network of intelligence, why don`t you work on it," he said.
Though he does not believe that Singh or his family took money in the coal bloc allocations, Hazare, however, added there will be "no smoke without fire" and whether the Prime Minister was "not seeing the smoke".
"It is clear from CAG report that there was huge loss and somebody has been benefitted. Who are they?" he said.
Anna once again questioned the will of the government to fight corruption. He exhorted the Centre to pass a strong Lokpal Bill. “Government is not serious about passing an anti-graft bill”, he said, adding, “This is cheating the people.”
Launching a vitriolic attack on Team Anna, V Narayanasamy on Saturday had charged that Anna Hazare was surrounded by "anti-national elements" and those supported by "foreign forces".
"Anna is a simple man, but he is surrounded by anti-national elements and people who have been supported by foreign forces," the Minister of State in PMO had told reporters at Chennai airport.
He had criticised Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, seeking to know "what happened to the huge sums of money collected during last year`s (anti-corruption) agitation.
"Bedi herself was facing some allegations (over bloated travel receipts), he had said.
Narayanasamy had alleged that a set of "self proclaimed" leaders with no public support and those who had not faced elections wanted to destabilise the government, targeting Team Anna and Yoga guru Ramdev, who have teamed up to launch a fresh offensive against government on corruption and black money.