Hisar: With Team Anna asking people not to
back their party in Hisar Lok Sabha bypolls, chief ministers
of three Congress-ruled states and senior leaders today hit
back at the Jan Lokpal Bill champions, dubbing them as agents
of Opposition "trying to grind their own axe in the guise of
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, addressing a
party rally here, took a veiled dig at Anna Hazare, saying
corruption could not be eliminated by supporting corrupt
"People would get rid of corruption only by sidelining
them politically," Hooda said at the rally organised in
support of party candidate Jai Prakash.
Prakash is locked in a triangular contest with HJC-BJP`s
Kuldeep Bishnoi and INLD`s Ajay Singh Chautala for the October
13 bypolls, necessitated due to death of sitting MP and former
Chief Minister Bhajan Lal.
The State Congress tried to put up a united show ahead of
the polls, which have assumed significance with Anna factor
dominating the event.
The rally saw participation from a galaxy of leaders,
including Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, Rajasthan Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary and in charge
Haryana Affairs B K Hariparsad, Union Minister Selja, Haryana
Congress President Phool Chand Mullana and Congress MP Raj
However, Congress General Secretary and Hooda`s known
detractor, Birender Singh was absent.
Attacking the Team Anna which has been campaigning in
Hisar for the past few days against the Congress, Hooda said,
"They should also tell in whose favour people should cast
their vote. If the issue is corruption then people should not
cast their vote in favour of corrupt people. Corruption cannot
be eradicated by supporting corrupt leaders."