Hitting out at the government for calling Team Anna members "anti-national", the Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] on Saturday said it is not right and unjustified to level such allegations against those critical of the policies of the United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] dispensation.
Reacting to comments of V Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, that Team Anna members were anti-national, BJP President Nitin Gadkari [ Images ] said such terms should not be used.
"I feel calling somebody anti-national is not right. There can be differences of opinion between people in the country but calling somebody, who is agitating against the government, anti-national is not justified and is not right," he told the media on the sidelines of a programme in New Delhi [ Images ].
Earlier in the day, Narayanasamy had told reporters at the Chennai airport, "Anna is a simple man but he is surrounded by anti-national elements and people who have been supported by foreign forces."
He criticised Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi [ Images ] and sought to know "what happened to the huge sum of money collected during last year's (anti-corruption) agitation". "Bedi herself was facing some allegations (over bloated travel receipts)," Narayanasamy said.
On allegations of irregularities in allocation of coal blocks, he said the Manmohan Singh-led government was "transparent".
"Our government is transparent. The prime minister wanted to have a transparent form of coal block allocation in 2004," the minister said.