Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi has been quoted as saying, "It needs to be considered whether there is any power which is supporting this movement which wants to destabilize not only the government but the country. We need to take the US statements (on the protest) seriously."
Alvi commented further, "The US never supported any movement in India since its independence. For the first time, the US said that Anna Hazare's movement should be allowed and there should be no obstruction to it. What was the need for the US to give this statement."
He added that India would exercise appropriate democratic restraint to deal with the peaceful protest by Anna Hazare supporters.
With the comment most definitely ill-timed, this cannot be defined as anything other than a last-ditch effort to save the party's face after it had to face flak from the public over its insensitive dealing of Anna Hazare that resulted in a subsequent arrest.