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Anna threatens to campaign against Congress


Seemi Pasha,CNN-IBN
Oct 04, 2011 at 09:04pm IST

New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare is back in the news and this time with a political agenda. Anna has said that he will campaign against the Congress in the polls if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the winter session of Parliament.

As the festive season picks up, Team Anna is now assuming strong political colours. From his den of Ralegaon Siddhi, Anna is outlining his next course of action, which is, campaigning across all election bound states asking people to oppose the Congress.

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"If the Congress doesn't approve the Jan Lokpal Bill, I will go to all election states and ask people not to vote for the Congress," Anna said.

There were some lessons for the Prime Minister as well as Anna asked the Prime Minister to face an 'agnipareeksha' to cleanse his name in the 2G scam.

"The Prime Minister should be ready for an 'agnipariksha'. His name has come up in the 2G scandal," Anna said.

From initially abusing the entire political class to now identifying one party as a clear enemy, Anna seems to have moved on. But he did clarify that his opposition to the Congress shouldn't be interpreted as support for the BJP. To re-emphasise his point he even criticized Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for arresting suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt.

"Those who think that I am with BJP are mentally unfit," Anna said.

Anna seems to have already worked out the weak spot of the Congress. He will begin his campaign from the key political state of Uttar Pradesh, where Rahul Gandhi himself has put his personal interests at stake. It's also a state being ruled by a Chief Minister who faces several cases of corruption. So, the question is, who really is Anna batting for.

Earlier Anna had suggested that he wasn't averse to supporting a group of like minded people from different parties. His latest announcement will give a few more headaches to the Congress.

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