New Delhi: Team Anna member Kiran Bedi today invoked the character of Dhritarashtra in Mahabharata to attack Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and alleged his “tainted team” will not give a strong criminal justice system, inviting a sharp rebuff from Law Minister Salman Khurshid who said the “personal campaign” will not work.
BJP also jumped into the war of words supporting Team Anna‘s demand for a probe into the allegations of corruption against the UPA government, saying it is natural that the “taint” reaches Singh though he is honest as he is the leader.
“PMO clears Prime Minister. Did Dhritarashtra in Mahabharata not support Kauravas even after they attempted to disrobe Draupadi? Indian genes/culture? Or?,” Bedi tweeted.
She said Team Anna is focussed on the party in power at the Centre because it alone can give an effective central law not opposition.
The flare-up came a day after Prime Minister’s Office rejected Anna Hazare’s demands for setting up a Special Investigation Team for probing corruption allegations against Singh and his 14 Cabinet colleagues and setting up a fast track court to take up corruption cases against MPs.
Minister of State (PMO) V Narayanaswamy also yesterday alleged that Hazare was surrounded by “anti-national elements” and supported by “foreign forces”.
“Do or Die fast from 25 July for SIT probe on PM+14 Cab Ministers. Tainted team may never give us an expeditious and strong criminal justice system,” she alleged, a day after she termed the PMO letter as “absolutely wishy-washy”.