Will you tie up with Cong or BJP: Team Anna asks SP

Taking its campaign forward in election-bound states,Team Anna is sending letters to major parties.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 1:42:59 am

Two days after releasing election pamphlets with separate questions for all major political parties,Team Anna today sent letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi,BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Samajwadi Party and BSP chiefs Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati,reiterating and elaborating its same Lokpal points.

While all the letters concentrated on what the team likes to term “the Centre’s Lokpal fraud”,it was the letter to Mulayam that was the most interesting,asking the party to clarify on the speculation about his party tying up with the Congress or even the BJP post-elections.

“It is said that you will enter into a coalition with the Congress after the polls. Some others feel that you will join hands with the BJP. We appeal to you to tell people clearly with whom you will enter into a coalition. You are from a socialist line. People who vote for you are voting for you due to your socialist leanings. Do you think the Congress and BJP have socialist leanings?” the letter asked.

“Akhileshji (Yadav) has started making caustic remarks on the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi. If you are planning to form a government with the Congress party,then are these statements mere superficial ones to mislead voters?” it added.

Incidentally,while Team Anna also raised questions about parties fielding “tainted” candidates,it didn’t ask Gadkari what his party’s compulsion was on this,a question he posed to both the SP and BSP.

While the rest of the letters bore signatures of Hazare,Kejriwal,Bedi and the Bhushans,the letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was signed only by Hazare. In an effort to abandon its anti-Congress image,the letters attacked each of the four parties for their role in the Parliament debate and voting on the Lokpal Bill in December. In the letter to Rahul,Team Anna said,“It seems the government listens to you alone”.

Speaking in Indore,key Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said they were planning to next launch an agitation demanding a constitutional amendment to ensure people’s participation in the framing of laws. “We are working on a draft on the lines of the Jan Lokpal Bill,” he said,according to a report in PTI.

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