Team Anna has right to form political party: BJP
BJP on Thursday said the civil society group has every right to form a political party.
New Delhi: In the wake of Team Anna stating that it is considering a political alternative, BJP on Thursday said the civil society group has every right to form a political party and nobody has the authority to prevent anybody from contesting the elections.
Dismissing suggestions that Team Anna may pose a threat to the prospects of BJP if it emerges as a political alternative, the main opposition maintained there have always been several parties in the political battlefield.
"There are more than 60 political parties and seven national parties in India. Everybody has a right to form a party and to contest the elections. Nobody has the authority to prevent anybody from entering the fray," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
He pointed out that when BJP`s predecessor, Jan Sangh, was formed in 1952 there was one-party dominance of Congress. Yet, BJP has today emerged as a formidable opponent.
Asked if BJP would support Team Anna if it enters politics, Hussain said, "We will join forces with whoever raises his voice against corruption."
However, when asked if Team Anna`s proposed political outfit could be a part of NDA, Hussain said let the party be formed first.
In an apparent attempt to blame the government for today`s declaration by Team Anna that it will explore possibilities of becoming a political alternative, BJP said had the Lokpal Bill been passed in December, things would not have come to such a pass.
"If the government had not engaged in such drama as it did on December 29, 2011, when the Rajya Sabha was abruptly adjourned, the Lokpal Bill would have been passed," Hussain said.