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Digvijaya: BJP offered to make Anna presidential candidate

Senior Congress leader has said Hazare is a 'mask of all anti-Congress parties'.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said Anna Hazare is a “mask of all anti-Congress parties” and the BJP intends to field him as its presidential candidate.

“The BJP intends to put up Hazare as the presidential candidate of all anti-Congress parties,” Singh told the media here last evening.

Speaking at the All-India Kshatriya Federation convention in Agra,Singh,who is the convenor of the body,said: “I don’t know how true it is,but I have been told that Anna has been offered to be made the all-party candidate for the presidential elections in 2012. Anna always says he is not in politics but I have been told the BJP offered to make him the all-party presidential candidate in 2012.”

Singh also took on Hazare for his reported comments that he would hold a three-day fast to press for defeating the Congress just before the Uttar Pradesh elections.


“Congress has not been in power for 20 years. He would not sit on a fast against corruption and Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav,who have cases of disproportionate income going on against them in the Supreme Court. (For him) they are honest but Congress is dishonest. It seems all those people who are against the Congress have surrounded a simple man like Anna and are selling him dreams,” Singh said.

“I have RSS letters in which it is mentioned that the organisation should support movements of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. Now what I had said has turned out to be true,” Singh said.

He alleged that Team Anna members — Kiran Bedi,Shanti Bhushan,Arvind Kejriwal,Prashant Bhushan and Justice Santosh Hegde — are “anti-Congress in their thinking”.

“Justice Hegde is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Ram Krishna Hegde who had terminated the Lok Sabha membership of Indira Gandhi,” Singh said.