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Will campaign, but not join politics: Anna Hazare to CNN-IBN


Rajdeep Sardesai,CNN-IBN
Oct 05, 2011 at 12:04am IST

New Delhi: As the Congress on Tuesday called Anna Hazare's warning to campaign against the Congress a 'political' move, the anti-corruption crusader hit back and said that he was not being political. "If the Congress thinks that I have entered politics, let them say that. The people of the country know the truth," Anna said. Talking to CNN-IBN, Anna said that though he will campaign against parties who do not support Jan Lokpal Bill, he will not enter politics.

"If I become the leader of a political party, then I will not be able to do what am doing today, it's better to remain outside," Anna said.

He also said that he has been forced to take up the campaign against political parties as there was no other way to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed.

Attacking the Congress, Anna said that the Congress does not have the will to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. "In the last 42 years, the Congress was in power, why wasn't the bill passed in the last 42 years? The Congress doesn't have the will to pass this bill," Anna said.

Anna appealed to Hissar voters in Haryana, which has by-polls this month saying they shouldn't vote for the Congress.

Earlier on Tuesday, Anna 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. Anna plans to tour the five poll-bound states and said that he will start his campaign from Uttar Pradesh.

"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.

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