Anna attacking Rahul to be in the news: Congress

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Anna Hazare-Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, Dec 9: Union Minister Harish Rawat on Friday said social activist Anna Hazare was attacking Rahul Gandhi on the Lokpal issue as he liked being in the news.

"Sometimes, social activists also start liking to remain involved in politics. I think Anna Hazare is also now used to be in news and that is why he attacks Rahul Gandhi," Congress leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat told reporters here.

The Minister was reacting to allegations levelled by Hazare against the Congress General Secretary for 'flip-flops' by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal.

Asked to comment on Hazare's plans to campaign against the Congress in the forthcoming Assembly elections in UP and other states, Rawat said, "I think he will harm his own cause if he campaigns in elections. Indian democracy functions as per its own rules."

He said if Hazare campaigns in UP elections, it will hurt only the BSP as it is in power in the state and also seen as the symbol of corruption by the people there.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said the Opposition protests which led to the adjournment of the House today were not correct as there was only a private FIR against External Affairs Minister S M Krishna.

Opposition demand for resignation of Krishna for his alleged role in a mining scam led to repeated disruptions of both the Houses of Parliament forcing their adjournment till Monday.

PTI

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