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Team Anna is not that innocent, says Vayalar Ravi

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Union Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi. File photo
PTI Union Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi. File photo

Union Minister for Indian Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Sunday launched a tirade against Team Anna alleging that a conspiracy was being hatched to destabilise Indian politics.

Talking to journalists at the State Congress party headquarters here, he said Anna Hazare and his team were levelling all kinds of ‘unsubstantiated wild allegations' against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Asked who the conspirators were, he said they were those who did not want India to progress. “There are interested persons behind this conspiracy.”

Mr. Ravi is on a visit to the State to monitor the party's preparedness for by-elections to 18 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat on June 12.

Stating that Team Anna itself was not that ‘innocent,' he said its key members – Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal — had got the Ramon Magsaysay award, funded by American trusts.

He said there were allegations against Ms. Bedi on her son's admission, while Mr. Kejriwal was directed to clear income-tax dues to the tune of Rs. 9.80 lakh. “None of them can claim that they are honest,” he said.

‘PM, respected man'

Defending Dr. Singh, he said the Prime Minister was a respected person not only in India but all over the World. Referring to the remarks made by his Cabinet colleague V. Narayansamy that Team Anna had collected huge amounts, he : “I respect what he said.”

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Kapil Sible ,Chitamberem ,Digvijay, Salman Khurshid, got kicked out for shooting from the Hip. Many got temporarily suspended.Now it is the turn of Narain Swami and Ravi for spitting venom on the true nationals. It is a cruel world for you guys if you don't defend the Don you get kicked and if you go overboard in the defense you still meet the same fate. Ravi this time you failed to do your duty properly. TRY again, Nation is not convinced team anna is anti national

from:  Capt suresh
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012 at 10:22 IST

I call the Congress Ministers and Spokes Person as White commandos of Sonia Gandhi.Who are their to spray wild bullets at any one who opens their mouth against you white commandos of Sonia. You don't have to decide who is anti national.By now millions have already decided that the people in Parliament are anti national. Look Ravi these anti nationals are asking a bunch of you guys to give the nation, 1.A free agency to punish every Indian who is corrupt. 2.To get all the money looted from the nation lying in Swiss Banks for the poor of the nation. The PM and bunch of you guys have so far ensured that this public demand is not granted. So now tell the Nation who is anti national. If team Anna members got awards from foreign organization your PM has been facilitated by huge no of foreign organizations.Does that make him anti national. Read S&P report and tell the nation why the nation's progress has come to grinding halt is Anna responsible or your bunch. The French Queen could not.

from:  Capt suresh
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012 at 10:05 IST

The economy is in a mess, politics is in a mess (as confirmed by international agencies, our own reputed economists and business leaders, and ordinary citizens) and the government instead of addressing the issues continues to use hired cannons like Salman Khurshid to take side swipes and dig up mud against anyone who wants change. Calling activists, who have a long history of reform movements and who have been given national and international awards, as anti- national is the cheapest trick in the propaganda book. Khurshid how low can you get. Spend your energy in reforms rather than in protecting the status quo of privileges without accountability.

from:  vanita
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 10:43 IST

If Team Anna is making baseless allegation, what prevents Indian govt
to sue them , let people know the truth . Govt is lying, by making
this kind of statement, they are hiding the truth. If they are clean
why don't they appoint a SIT as asked by Team Anna .

from:  Manish Chowdhary
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 20:22 IST

The people of India has every right to know the truth. The Team Anna is just highlighting CAG report Coal scam. As CAG is a constitutional authority, the excutive (PM & Council of ministers)is duty bound to find out the truth by ordeing the enquiry and clear the sky. If any member of Team Anna did any wrong the mighty government has to enquire and punish them if they found guilty. Just levelling counter allegations is not good. If our beloved PM, doctor in economics (given by western institutions) really wants to prove his innocensce, he can order an immediate enquiry on CAG report and about the misdeed of the Team Anna members.

from:  selvaraju
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 13:25 IST

We're all respected people; no one is disrespected. But the issue is that the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elected them. PM's personal attributes are not of concern here. He's answerable, in official capacity, for the favoritism, quid pro quo, and corruption that go on in the ruling coalition and various institutions of the nation. There is nothing wrong in initiating a Special Investigation on PM. Who's thwarting Indian politics? The corrupt politicians or the people who seek accountability from the rulers. The days of impunity for the ruling class are over. Now there is new vigor in Indian populace (civil society); half of us are below 30 years of age. The future is ours. You corrupt politicians of yesteryears, don't stand along our path to prosperity.

from:  Narain Sanyal
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 12:16 IST

So what, Raqbindra Nath Tagore got Noble price for Literature that's also funded by foreign country. Your Supremo Sonia Gandhi got highest price from Belgium which gave the award to her for spreading Christianity in India. There is personal interest of anna hazaare and team which is removal of corruption in India.

Your supremo spent 150 Crore on treatment of a disease which she hesitates to tell any one. (Secret Life), but she is the biggest leader of the century for congress.

from:  Prdeep Mishra
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 11:10 IST

wow, how funny. The tax due of arvind is his private matter not public money. Also, the government did not intentionally clear his dues though he asked the government to deduct from his Provident fund, so is see that it is the government due to its laziness did not deduct the amount and targeted arvind only to derail anti-corruption movement. as far as foreign funding is concerned. They have made it clear that it stopped long back and the movement is running only on money from people. Why is the government not holding an inquiry ? To escape from the SIT probe, the government is making rubbish allegations against team anna. Former coal secretary said corruption in coal gate cannot be ruled out. CAG draft says there are irregularities. Coal block allocation shot up like a rocket in 3 years when PM held it and immediately collapsed after he left coal ministry. All these rise legitimate questions. Congress is still living in 20th century.It thinks, it can get away with massive loot

from:  sunil
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 08:15 IST

While it is true that the corruption facing the nation is a reflection of the moral social fabric of our society, there cannot be an attempt to stiffle the cry for course correction for the sake of our nation and our childrens' future.

There may be truth in the allegation against those have resorted to demeaning attacks which would have amounted to huge libel and defamation in any other civilised society. It is a misnomer that Team Anna is either civilised or a representative of our larger society.

Kiran Bedi is especially guilty of base, crude theatrics and wild personal allegations when she herself on her own admission saw nothing wrong in cheating for what she believes to be a good cause. How else to explain her justifying the act of charging for a full air ticket from her sponsors and negotiate her eligible discount from travel agents even if to pass on the monies to a named charity? This is not a worthy character for our youth to emulate.

from:  r n iyegar
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 06:36 IST

Indians are used to the line of thinking Vayalar Ravi takes. "Enemies
of the nation", "destabilization", "anti-national elements" are some
of the terms used by Indira Gandhi, when cornered by the opposition.
Like some of the totalitarian regimes of the past, these terms are
used to deflect the charges made against the UPA, which in my living
memory, is the most corrupt government we have had since 1947.

Vayalar Ravi is putting a brave front, like all politicians do.
Corruption has been institutionalized by the current breed of
politicians. Now what Ravi says is akin to this - I get a traffic
ticket for speeding, and I gripe that there are others who are
speeding too, but they did not get one!

Will Mr Ravi or any of the constituents of the UPA to challenge Team
Anna and say "have an investigation, and we will prove that we are
clean". That's just wishful thinking! It is NOT a question of
whether the members of Team Anna are corrupt. They are not in power
the UPA is!!

from:  Sairam
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 01:01 IST

Political stability does not depend upon accusations which is the way of
communication of team Anna so far. If these are mere accusations, then what
'instability' is Mr.Ravi worried about? Corruption and black money is not associated
with one party but the entire system. The problem lies in the intentions and energy is
spent on how to be or stay in power rather than how to empower people with the
basics.

from:  Vaatika
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 00:16 IST

When allegations levelled against P V Narasimha Rao, his cabinet colleagues and party leaders reacted like this. They made public believe he is a great scholar, think tank and honest and hence should be free from curruption and all other sins. But later it was proved that all the allegations were true. But it took too many years and only after he stepped down from power those allegations were interogated. There will not be smoke without fire. A person giving silent nod for all mal practices and curruption should be currupt too. What we lack is an effective and independant interogation agency which is free from the clutches of politicians. I don,t think MR.CLEAN is very clean.

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 00:00 IST

Shame when 80% people are dying of hunger in India. Pleople are allowed
to stach millions in Swiss accounts .

from:  adarsh
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 23:22 IST

1. This minister talks as if the current Indian political scenario is
so stable, that it takes an anti graft team to destabilise it.
2. Does it mean any Indian citizen who questions the government over
the huge record level of scams that threaten to ruin the country, is
branded an anti-national?
3. The minister calls it a conspiracy of 'those who do not want India
to progress, march ahead'? Does it mean unchecked rampant corruption
is the way forward? These politicians distort the entire meaning of
right and wrong.
4. Also, can he provide sufficient evidence that the Anna team is
aided by foreign forces? Its a pity that these politicians are not
held accountable for their words, so they can blurt whatever they
want.

from:  Vikram
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 22:40 IST

Such comments by the political class show that the pressure exerted by Team Anna is indeed getting to them. Finally the hard work by Team Anna is bearing fruits and the political class is being frustrated into giving such comments. The people of this nation know who are nationalists and who are anti-nationals and we will display our wisdom during the election time.

from:  Devdatta
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 22:36 IST

As a fellow Keralite it pains me to say that Vayalar Ravi is a disgrace to Kerala where people have fought tooth and nail the wrongdoings of their rulers, As a matter of fact Vayalar is the place where the people fought the dictotarial rule of Sir.C.P.Ramaswami Iyer, Dewan of Travancore. Ravi's stand against Team Anna is a disgrace to the political ethos of Kerala.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 22:29 IST

I am rather shocked to see such totally irresponsible comments from a
minister. Dear Ravi, what did you do to become a minister, least the
minister of overseas affairs? If you cant even know what it all takes
to win a Magsaysay award, I wonder how you are qualified to be a
minister of overseas affairs. Instead of giving clear answers to even
clearer questions raised by Team Anna, your corrupt camp is busy in
throwing mud everywhere. This is a clear example of how arrogant our
politicians are and how much they are disconnected from the people.

from:  MNJSwiss
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 21:30 IST

There absolutely nothing wrong if team Anna can destabilise the corrupt
political class and especially the UPA Govt.which is totally in deep
waters with too many corrupt and arrogant MPs/Ministers.good luck to
Anna and co.

from:  N Kumaraswamy
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 21:16 IST

Mr Minister month back you called Army Chief a frustrated man over the
incident of the leaked letter. The above mentioned letter was then
found to be leaked by someone from the (respectable)PMO Office on inquiry.
And now you are saying all this rubbish again to clear your party's
image which has been shattered to ground in past 2-3 years
May be the involvement of PMO in every mammoth scam is the reason that
this time your PM is playing it safe by not having the investigation,
so that no one can even have scent of the SCAM of multi lakhs of crore

from:  arpit
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 21:05 IST

Though I am not a politician or having political affiliation to anyone of the political parties, I have been telling this for a long time during the web page debates. A person who thinks impartial of political visions can easily find that the motive of anna team is something flimsy and not absolutely an intent to fight only corruption. They want to fight the government in power under the pretext of fighting corruption. They want to drag the government of taking any advance in reforms or on the policy side. Their timing and the modusoperandi is to stop the government from making any head way on the implimentation part. Their posture and refusal to accept investigation by the well established institutions like CBI and constantly attacking the PM, who is a honest man unless otherwise proven, is with ill motives and malicious. It is clear that they have something beyond fighting corruption, either shouldering anti-nationals or trying to help the political opponents of the government.

from:  soman sreedharan
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:55 IST

It is indeed a great pity and a tragedy that people who are fighting
corruption are branded as " Traitors and Anti-Nationals " whereas the
perpetrators of monumental corruption scams claim that they are the real
Patriots............. BAPU, save this country from this horror!

from:  satya
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:48 IST

Vyalar Ravi is singing in the same tune as Digvijay Singh and Salman Khurshid. People should take certificate of Patriotism from Congress Party before talking about scams!! Also I think Philippines should jointly give the Magsaysay award to Digvijay, Salman Khurshid, Narayansamy and Vyalar Ravi. Kejriwal was not a deserving candidate!! Watched "Shanghai" yesterday. T A Krishnan (Abhay Deol) reminded me of Kejriwal, also an IITian.

from:  Mittal
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:33 IST

Please spell the reason why your party is shying away from Lokpal bill? If they are
conspirators against the polity why don't you book a case on that ground and send
them to jail? You did tried once confining Hajare once and reaped the consequences
in Up. Speak like a veteran politician and not like a street urchin blabbering without
any meaning worth the notice.

from:  shanthanu
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:30 IST

After a long time we are seeing a response and it takes on a commical direction. Even if the forces that are causing these questions to be asked are foreign or conspiratory in nature why not answer the questions and defeat such attempts!!

from:  Jaiganesh
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:23 IST

Instead of checking corruption in his own country it seems Vayalar Ravi is more concerned about corruption in Magsaysay award. Saying someone anti National is not good,just becuase some one is making charge agaianst your govt. This UPA2 is doing everything to make sure Man Mohan singh does not become PM again. This is one of most corrupt Govt India has ever seem.

Satyajit

from:  satyajit kumar
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:02 IST

if Team Anna is corrupt, can Ravi produced his tax records, property
records, savings, all other accounts, then we can determine who is true
and who is fake.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 19:57 IST
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