The leaders from the two parties requested Hazare not to doubt democracy prevails in the country. Hazare, during his fast-unto-death protest in Delhi's Jantar Mantar, stated that he would lose an election badly if he competes. Hazare, hinting at the freebies and bribery tactics of the politicians, said that he is not in a position to distribute either money or liquor among voters to win an election.
Recalling Hazare's statement at Jantar Mantar, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said, "Does Hazare think that all politicians are corrupt?" Urging Hazare to keep faith in democracy, Digvijay Singh asked, "Who else do you (Hazare) trust in a democracy?"
BJP veteran LK Advani, in his blog, criticized those fanning disdain for politicians, saying it amounted to a gross "disservice to democracy."
However, both Advani and Digvijay Singh praised Hazare for his path-breaking work in the rural sector and described him as an "excellent human being" with Gandhian credentials.