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Hazare hits back at Digvijay, rules out joining politics

New Delhi: Anna Hazare tonight hit back at Congress leader Digvijay Singh saying the charge of RSS support to his anti-corruption campaign was an attempt to defame him and ruled out joining politics or becoming a Presidential candidate.

“I know very well that people throw stones only at those trees which bear fruits. People see the world in the colour of the glasses they wear. I think that the colour of your spectacle is wrong and you should change it,” he said in his eight-page letter.

The 74-year-old Gandhian has sought to puncture the points raised by Singh in his two letters in which the Congress General Secretary had claimed RSS was backing Hazare’s Lokpal campaign and that he was surrounded by associates who are anti-Congress.

Hazare told Singh that if the government brings Jan Lokpal bill in the winter session of Parliament and strives to bring the Lokayukta Act in each state, then there was no need to agitate or to tell people not vote for Congress.

Referring to Singh’s allegation that BJP was planning to make him a candidate in the Presidential elections next year, Hazare said “I neither have the capacity nor the desire to become the President of India and wonder why Congress and BJP were talking in the air”.

On allegations that RSS was behind his campaign, Hazare said “not a single RSS worker was seen in my agitation and it could be a joint attempt by Congress and RSS to defame me”.

“If (RSS chief Mohan) Bhagwat has said that they were part of the agitation, then I think it is an attempt by RSS to defame me like the way your party is doing. Or it may be that both of you have ganged up to defame me,” he said.

Having a dig at Singh, who was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for ten years, Hazare said he he would not have lost the Assembly elections had he worked for the people with total dedication.

Referring to Singh’s claims about Congress enacting the RTI Act, Hazare said the government had tried to do away with some important clauses of the law which were its “spirit”.

“We had got some kind of weapon in RTI to fight corruption. But your government itself had tried to make useless this weapon against corruption,” he said.

Questioning Congress’ resolve to fight corruption, Hazare asked Singh why his party did not take any step to get Lokpal Bill enacted in the country.

“Today, many Congress leaders are in jail. Was your party unaware that they were corrupt? But it seems that the party was in the habit of carrying these corrupt people along. This is the reason corruption has widely spread in the country,” he said.

He also objected to the usage of the word ‘non- governmental’ while refering to civil society and pointed out that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as well as Singh had consulted people while drafting Panchayati Raj law.

“It may take time to change the habits of the past 63 years but as General Secretary of your party, you need to awaken the concept of democracy in your own organisation,” Hazare said.

He also alleged certain outside elements tried to create trouble in his native village of Ralegan Siddhi. “In my whole life, I have never left a minor taint on my image. What will you gain by making such false allegations?”

Attacking Singh for his support to sacked Commonwealth OC chief Suresh Kalmadi and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who are facing allegations of corruption, he said “does it reflect your party’s honesty” which he has been vociferously advocating.

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