Noida, Dec 24 (ANI): Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's close aides, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, on Saturday slammed Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh, for imputing political motive to their movement for enactment of a strong and robust anti-graft Lokpal.
Singh had earlier alleged that team Anna had political ambitions and they were not interested in the formulation of an effective anti-graft bill that would help them to combat corruption in the country.
In retaliation to remarks made by Digvijay Singh, Kejriwal said that it was the media, which had termed the government's version of the anti-graft bill as weak and called it the betrayal of the people.
"If they (Congress) pass a strong law against corruption, nobody will protest, infact everybody will support them. Media itself has commented that it is a weak bill and it is betrayal. We are not saying so. The entire country is saying that such a weak bill has betrayed the people," said Kejriwal.
Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said that nobody in Team Anna was interested in electoral politics.
"Nobody in Team Anna is interested in electoral politics. But if you term our patriotism as political then that is your wish," Bedi told reporters.
Hazare, who stoked public anger against the highly prevalent corruption in government this year, will be sitting on a three-day fast in Mumbai on December 27 to protest at what he sees as watering down of the Lokpal bill.
The government had presented the bill to create the office of the ombudsman in the Parliament on December 22 but disruption by opposition parties over details slowed proceedings. Hazare's team wants the bill to be redrafted to make the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the investigative arm of Lokpal.
Hazare, 74, said he will gather supporters to picket the homes of ruling party leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, and aims to get arrested to highlight demands for a powerful, graft-fighting ombudsman, the Lokpal. (ANI)