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We are not afraid of Anna Hazare: Congress

Last updated on: December 12, 2011 15:35 IST

We are not afraid of Anna Hazare: Congress

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Anna Hazare came in for scathing attack from Congress leaders who dubbed him a RSS spokesperson for his charge against Rahul Gandhi over the Lokpal issue.

One of the leaders warned that partymen won't tolerate such accusations with political motives.

 

"Rahul Gandhi is not even in the government; he is only the party general secretary. Hazare is attacking him for weakening the Lokpal Bill to help vested interests tarnish his image. Congressmen will not tolerate this," Congress Member of Parliament P V Hanumanth Rao told media persons on New Delhi.

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'If Anna is 75, then Congress is 125 years old'

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Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma said, "The opposition is scared of Rahul Gandhi and Anna has become their spokesperson especially that of the RSS. Is he a laat sahib, let him come to UP (elections), we will see him there."

He was reacting to Annaa Hazare's comments on the Congress General Secretary.

 

"Anna is trying to scare Congress but we are not afraid of him. If he is 75, then Congress is 125 years old," Verma said.

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'Is Anna Hazare Satyawadi Harishchandra?'

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Asked for his reaction on the issue, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said, "His (Anna's) word is not the one of Lord Brahma. Is he Satyawadi Harishchandra? I do not agree with this."

 

The Congress leader was asked about his views on Anna's statement on Rahul Gandhi.

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'Anna Hazare is doing politics'

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Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said it was Rahul Gandhi who wanted a strong Lokpal and worked for giving constitutional status to the proposed body.

 

"Anna Hazare is doing politics (on Lokpal issue)," he said.

 

Asked why the Congress did not send its representative to Hazare's fast venue on Sunday, Alvi said, "We did not go there as we could not be present at a dais where Sonia and Rahul Gandhi would have been criticised. Jantar Mantar can be stage for politics but not for law-making."

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