August 14, 2011 4:17:24 pm
Ahead of Anna Hazare’s proposed fast on Lokpal,Congress today launched a no-holds-barred attack,saying he should first clarify the “serious” findings against him of a commission that probed graft charges and accused him of attempting to bring instability in the country.
“The fast from August 16 has nothing to do with either the issue of corruption or the Lokpal bill,” party spokesman Manish Tewari said,claiming that the “moral core” of Hazare has been “ripped apart” by the Justice P B Sawant Commission.
The Commission had probed corruption charges levelled by Hazare in 2003 against four ministers in the then Maharashtra government.
“The fast from August 16 has nothing to do with either the issue of corruption or the Lokpal bill. If that was the case Hazare would have first clarified the grave charges. What is his clarification about the serious findings…The nation wants to know,” Tewari said,adding,”I think Hazare and his associates will need to answer conclusions of Sawant Commission.”
The party also charged Hazare with systematically attempting to bring instability in the country and insulting Parliament before which the Lokpal bill has been brought.
“When someone tries to bring destabilisation,it becomes the duty of any political party to (fight back)”,he said in a stern signal to Hazare that “too much tolerance has been shown to him so far”.
Tewari alleged that the ideological disposition of the Team Anna consists of “armchair fascists,overground Maoists,closet anarchists…lurking behind forces of right reaction and funded by invisible donors whose links may go back a long way abroad”.
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