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RSS hits back at Anna: Was part of anti-graft movement

RSS hits back at Anna: Was part of anti-graft movement

Author: Express news service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: October 17, 2011
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rss-hits-back-at-anna-was-part-of-antigraft-movement/860501/0

The RSS has said it was anguished to know that Anna Hazare has described reports of its support to his anti-corruption movement as a "conspiracy". RSS was referring to Hazare's reply to AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh.

RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiya Joshi, in a statement on Saturday, said it was unfortunate to see that "a person of Hazare's stature had fallen victim to shrewd political machinations".

Hazare's remarks about RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in the letter are equally painful, Joshi, who along with Bhagwat is camping in Gorakhpur to attend RSS's national executive meeting, added.

The RSS statement, however, praised Hazare, calling him a man committed to noble ideals and one who has been leading a massive popular movement against corruption in the country.

"The entire credit for the success of this movement goes to him only. I and thousands of other activists of the country are familiar with and inspired by the ideas articulated by him on several occasions and the developmental activity undertaken by him."

RSS also termed the present debate over its participation in the campaign against corruption as "malicious" and a "conspiracy" to weaken the movement. "It is a paramount responsibility of the leaders of anti-corruption movements to safeguard them from narrow and low-level conspiratorial politics," Joshi said. RSS maintained it was very much a part of Hazare's movement against corruption at Delhi's Ramlila Grounds and across India.

RSS's head of propaganda (Prachar Pramukh) Manmohan Vaidya, in Gorakhpur. said "RSS workers were present in hundreds and thousands both at the Ramlila grounds and across the country during the anti-corruption movement".

- With PTI Gorakhpur

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