After Baba Ramdev, it’s Anna Hazare. The Congress launched a frontal attack on the Gandhian on Tuesday, calling him a mask of forces out to destabilise the country.
"Anna Hazare is a mask of the RSS and Sangh Parivar," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. He said the forces of right reaction and Left anarchism have come together in a conspiracy of national subversion. "Over the past 10 months, there have been systematic attempts to undermine the stability of the government," he added.
AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad accused veteran BJP leader LK Advani of "outsourcing" opposition role to Hazare and Ramdev after losing in two elections and said the senior BJP leader was an "old man in a hurry" to become prime minister.
He said Anna was no better than Ramdev. "It is not their satyagraha but the agrah for satta (eagerness for power)," he said.
Criticising both Ramdev and Anna, Tewari said that the attitude of "my way or highway" does not work and he would not like to comment on "the best combination of ignorance and arrogance".
Tewari said those dreaming of coming of power will have to fight the battle through ballot boxes and not masks. "It will be a great mistake if they think that the battle for power will be won by putting forward the masks," he added.
He said such forces would be met with "appropriate political and governance response".
The present scenario, he said, was the result of four reasons — nervousness of Sangh Parivar after the investigations in Samjhauta Express pointed fingers towards people associated with RSS and mounting evidence against Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The two other reasons were the "desperation of the BJP's prime minister in waiting and the attempt by the Left ideology to derive mileage from the situation,’’ he said.
"Are we going to allow the stability of the government and basic structure of the Constitution to be compromised ?" he asked.
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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2011 09:05:56 IST