RSS denies role in movements by Anna, Ramdev

Bhagwat said that political corruption needed to be investigated at all levels and thus a strong Lokpal was the need of the hour.

Amritsar: Alleging that "those in power" had
tried to divert attention from "real isssue" by claiming that
RSS was behind the movements by Anna Hazare and Ramdev, the
saffron outfit on Sunday said its workers had supported the
activists "just as other ordinary people of the country".

"The impromptu support that common people have offered to
social reformers like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev is the
direct result of their frustration," RSS spokesperson Ram
Madhav said here.

Delivering a lecture, he said, "The people in power have
behaved in a predictable fashion. In an attempt to pass the
buck and divert the attention of people from real issue, they
started to blame RSS for these movements.

"RSS workers supported Anna and Baba Ramdev just as other
ordinary people of the country," said, adding that the workers
will also support L K Advani during his upcoming Rathyatra.

He said that political corruption needed to be
investigated at all levels beginning from the top and thus a
strong Lokpal was the need of the hour.

Batting for inclusion of Prime Minister in the ambit of
Lokpal, Madhav said as a member of the cabinet the prime
minister was just first among equals and "thus like any other
minister the office of PM naturally fell within framework of
Lokpal".

On electoral reforms, he said the two key issues of
provision of right to recall the elected representative and
government funding of the elections needed to be debated and
could go a long way in checking corruption during and after
elections.

He also said that unlike in western democracies where
elected representatives "were all powerful in the House and on
par with common man outside it, in India members of parliament
or state assemblies enjoyed little political freedom and were
bound party whips.

"This whip system in parliamentary democracy also needs
to be debated," he said, adding political reforms are needed
to address atmosphere of gloom in the country.

PTI

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