Khurshid hits back at Bedi for calling PM 'Dhritarasthra'

New Delhi, Jun 10: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday hit back at Team Anna member and former supercop Kiran Bedi, who in her tweets had likened Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the blind king Dhritarashtra of the Mahabharata to attack him on the issue of corruption, saying the attack was turning personal.

Khurshid said: "We all felt that they started off with a good idea. Idea of containing corruption and questioning corruption was a good idea. But today, they are doing greatest disservice to this idea by converting it into a personal campaign and personal ambition. I will quite confidently say that the country will give them a suitable answer when the time comes."

"The PMO clears Prime Minister. Did Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata not support Kauravas even after they attempted to disrobe Draupadi? Indian genes/culture? Or?" Bedi tweeted. She said Team Anna is focussed on the party in power at the Centre because it alone can formulate an effective central law, and not the opposition.

The flare-up came a day after Prime Minister's Office (PMO) rejected Anna Hazare's demands for forming a special investigation team for probing corruption allegations against Singh and his 14 Cabinet colleagues and setting up a fast track court to take up corruption cases against MPs. Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy on Saturday alleged that Hazare was surrounded by "anti-national elements" and supported by "foreign forces".

The BJP also waded into the war of words supporting Team Anna's demand for a probe into the allegations of corruption against the UPA government, saying it is natural that the "taint" ultimately affects honest Singh as he is the leader.

"Do or Die fast from July 25 for SIT probe on PM+14 Cab Ministers. The tainted team may never give us an expeditious and strong criminal justice system," Bedi alleged, a day after she termed the PMO letter as "absolutely wishy-washy". Later in the day, Bedi in her tweets quoted from C Rajagopalachari's Mahabharata in which Dhritarashtra said: "I did not follow the wise path of Dharma and statesmanship but suffered myself to be misled by my foolish son. And as you say, we are fast hastening towards the abyss."


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