Team Anna targets Cong in its campaign pamphlet

Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 20:27

New Delhi: Team Anna on Friday released a
campaign pamphlet for the upcoming assembly polls in which it
attacked the Congress accusing it of betraying the country on
Lokpal issue even as the activists claimed that they will not
seek votes for or against any single party.

The four page pamphlet titled `Your Vote can Change the
History of India -- Betrayal by Central Government on the
Country` also targeted Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and
Mayawati to question them on Lokpal and land acquisition. The
BJP was also posed questions.
However, Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant
Bhushan told a press conference that their campaign is not
against or in favour of a party but on "important" issues like
corruption, Lokpal and land acquisition.

When pointed out that the title of the pamphlet betrays
the claims of not targeting a party, Kejriwal shot back,
"Hasn`t the government cheated the whole country?" Bhushan
said they will raise the issues on Lokpal and what all parties
did to the Lokpal Bill.

The pamphlet has listed "six betrayals" on the issue of
Lokpal by central government while another page titled
"Congress` strong Lokpal Bill" cites the "deficiencies" in the
anti-corruption law.

Six questions were raised to all political parties which
include whether they agree that the Lokpal Bill is weak, CBI
should be independent of government control and whether they
will oppose the bill in Parliament. The parties were also
asked about their stand on land acquisition bill.

Making the campaign personal, Team Anna also sought
answers from Rahul Gandhi on whether Congress will dare to
bring a strong Lokpal bill on the lines of Lokayukta Act in
BJP-ruled Uttarakhand.

Noting that Hazare went on hunger strike thrice last year
for a strong Lokpal, Team Anna said, "but the Congress-led
government in the Centre has betrayed Anna on every step. This
betrayal is not against Anna but against the countrymen."

They also asked Rahul whether the Congress will take
steps to loosen the iron grip of government over the CBI and
whether he supports the efforts to save corrupt leaders in his
party with the help of the investigating agency.
"Is it that the ruling party misusing CBI against Mulayam
Singh and Mayawati to garner numbers and remain in power? Does
he support this?" Team Anna asked.

In their questions, they asked BJP whether it will bring
a strong Lokayukta Bill in party-ruled states. "However, BJP
does not fully support the law in Uttarakhand and what are
your objections?" they said.

They also asked the main opposition party whether they
will oppose the "weak" Lokpal Bill brought by the Centre and
will they favour people`s participation in law-making along
with Parliamentarians.

Tey sought to pose some uncomfortable questions to Mulayam
Singh and Mayawati asking them why they preferred to walk out
of Lok Sabha during Lokpal Bill voting, thus helping the
Congress.

"After elections, will you support Congress? Will you
enter into an agreement that CBI cases against you will be
withdrawn if you give support?" Team Anna asked.

Asked about Hazare joining the campaign, Kejriwal said he
may do so if his health permits. He may also come to Delhi to
participate in the `Save Republic Campaign` on January 26.

Team Anna`s campaign will start tomorrow from Uttarakhand
and will be spread to Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Goa till early
March.

Team Anna also questioned the decision of the returning
officer of Haridwar not to permit them to hold a meeting
in a big ground and instead asking them to conduct their
programme in a banquet hall.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 20:27

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