All India Congress Committee General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, Digvijay Singh, who has alleged that the RSS lent its support to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign, fired another salvo at the social activist by ridiculing his ‘maun vrat' (vow of silence). Taking pot-shots at Mr. Hazare, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said “it seems” the social activist had undertaken the ‘maun vrat' in order to “avoid queries on former Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa and Prashant Bhushan's statement on Kashmir.”
Stating that there should be no discrimination on corruption issues, Mr. Singh wanted to know why Mr. Hazare was silent on the corruption issue in the Bharatiya Janata Party, and why he praised the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, “who had stalled the appointment of the Lokayukta for nine years.”
The AICC general secretary said Mr. Hazare had opposed the Congress in the recent Hisar by-poll in Haryana and had stated that he would work for the Congress' defeat in the U.P. elections.
Mr. Singh said he could not fathom the reason for Mr. Hazare's anger with the Congress when the UPA government had not taken any decision (regarding the Jan Lokpal Bill). “It seems Anna is surrounded by some persons who wanted to push him into politics,” Mr. Singh told journalists at the UP Congress headquarters on Sunday.
The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said he had no objection to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's support to Mr. Hazare, but “why doesn't he acknowledge the RSS support?” Mr. Singh said RSS leader Bhaiyu Joshi had written letters to Sangh workers for giving support to Anna and Baba Ramdev. While Mr. Hazare had said there were no RSS supporters in his dharna and indefinite fast, Mr. Govindacharya had stated that 20 per cent of the supporters were RSS workers. Mr. Singh added that, at the same time, he had no objection if the RSS wanted to encash on the support to Mr. Hazare's campaign.
Mr. Singh said L.K. Advani's rath yatra against graft had failed to garner people's support, and more importantly, “Mr. Yeddyurappa had been sent to jail during the course of the BJP leader's yatra.” Press persons were reportedly bribed by BJP functionaries in Satna, he said.