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Anna Hazare's anti-Congress stance incorrect: Justice Hegde

Last updated on: October 10, 2011 15:09 IST

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Team Anna member Santosh Hegde on Monday disapproved Anna Hazare's anti-Congress stance in the Hisar bypolls, saying campaigning against a political party is not correct.

Speaking to PTI in Bengaluru, the former Supreme Court judge said every political party has "good and honest people" and targeting an outfit as a whole is not correct. He said he is opposed to such an idea (campaigning against a party).

"The (use of) word Congress is wrong according to me. But to campaign against a corrupt person or group of persons (is fine) -- not a party....certainly not a party...because every party has good people..honest people," the former Karnataka Lokayukta said.

Hazare has appealed to the electorate in Hisar not to vote for Congress and other parties who have not given letters assuring their support to Jan Lokpal Bill.

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Hegde also expressed the view that Team Anna jumping into the electioneering scene in Hisar would not ipso facto undermine the credibility of the anti-graft movement of Hazare whose agitation has brought the corruption issue to centrestage.

"I think it would have been better if they had not mentioned a political party's name," said Hegde, whose report on illegal mining cost B S Yeddyurappa his chief ministerial chair in July.

On Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal's statement that Congress is playing politics and trying to crush the movement, Hegde said he would not name any political party.

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