Anna Hazare,who a couple of days ago described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an honest man,on Friday said he does not have faith in him and demanded an independent probe into coal block allocations made by him as minister in charge of coal.
Hazares comments came as his team stepped up its attack on the Prime Minister,alleging that the CBI probe into coal block allocations and alleged misuse was meant to give a clean chit to him.
During his visit to Ratnagiri in Maharashtra,Hazare said one has to select persons having good character and send them to Parliament,then only the expected change will take place. I had a strong belief in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but now I do not have faith in him, he said.
On the Central Vigilance Commission decision to refer alleged irregularities by some private companies with regard to coal block allocation to CBI,he said,CBI is under government. What will CBI investigate? A third party should investigate.
His team last week clubbed the Prime Minister with 14 other Union ministers whom they accused of corruption and demanded a probe by a panel of retired judges who are honest.
Hazare had earlier sought to distance himself from his teams efforts to target the Prime Minister and described him as an honest man. He had said he would like to see documents regarding allegations against him before talking about Singh.
On Friday,his team member Arvind Kejriwal sharpened his tirade against the Prime Minister and reiterated the demand for SIT investigation against the ministers. Kerjriwal said he and his colleagues would accept any impartial probe by an independent agency but not one by CBI which is under the Prime Minister.
If the Prime Minister is innocent then why is he scared of an independent inquiry into the matter? Why does he want an agency that is under him to investigate? he asked.
Kejriwal rejected the PMO clarification issued on Wednesday,citing 75 coal blocks were allotted from 1993-2005 and only one between 2009-2012 while in the three years between 2006 and 2009,145 coal blocks were allotted. He questioned how such a skewed graph of coal demand is possible.
The contention that arbitrary allotment was made in the interim till consensus could be built for necessary legal changes to allow auction is not tenable because the law secretary had clearly stated thrice that there was no pressing need for a change of law to auction coal blocks. Even if there was,Prime Minister could have brought an ordinance, Kejriwal said.
Why then were the blocks allotted at heavily discounted rates to companies who had no links to the power,steel or mining sectors, he added.