‘Rise of Anna a failure of political parties’

BJP vice-president Shanta Kumar on Friday said social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev had to come forward on corruption and black money because political parties had failed on the two issues.

Indore: BJP vice-president Shanta Kumar
on Friday said social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba
Ramdev had to come forward on corruption and black money
because political parties had failed on the two issues.

"I admit that this is a failure of political parties
in tackling these two issues," the senior BJP leader said.
When asked whether the main opposition BJP too failed
in raising these issues effectively, he said that his party
had raised it vociferously.

But if something more was needed to be done, the party
would do some introspection about it, he said, adding that
tackling these issues was actually the job of political
parties.

The black money stashed abroad was the "biggest loot
in the history of the world", he said.

Kumar alleged that the government did not take enough
steps at the global level for bringing back the black money.

Replying to a query, Kumar said that if the government
finds any discrepancies in the Trusts associated with Ramdev,
then it is empowered to take legal action against them.

It, however, appears that the Centre has started
finding faults with these Trusts only when confronted on the
issue of black money, he said.
When asked about Congress calling Ramdev as an "agent"
of the BJP and RSS, he retorted that there was nothing wrong
(on the part of RSS or BJP) in supporting a person who has
raised the issue of black money and corruption.

"RSS is a prestigious organisation of the country and
is not a Pakistani institution," he remarked.

PTI

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