Anna must not be credited for anti-Cong mood:Thackeray

Pune: In a sarcastic attack on Anna Hazare and his team, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray today asked the social activist not to take any credit for the anti-Congress sentiments in the country created by rising prices.

Referring to Hazare`s recent statement that he would launch anti-Congress campaign in the five poll bound states if Lokpal Bill is not passed in winter session of the Parliament, Thackeray said, “rising prices have shaken the ruling Congress led government. Coalition partners like Mamta Banerjee`s TMC and DMK are restless and if they withdraw their support to topple UPA, Team Anna will try to take credit for the same.”

“Taking credit for the Hisar by-poll result too was hypocrisy on part of Team Anna as Congress had lost the seat in the earlier election in the constituency”.

In an editorial in party mouthpiece `Saamana`, Thackeray derided Hazare for his whims saying, “How can one describe his greatness ? His ways are unique. He undertakes fast and also observes “Maun Vrat” for soul searching. At times he praises Narendra Modi and also hails Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.”

“Anna is a patriot and he has driven truck on the battle field and therefore all citizens should respect him. But this same “Anna Maharaj” has retained Prashant Bhushan in his core committee even after he made an anti-national statement on the Kashmir issue”.

“Kejriwal, Bedi, Sisodia are facing allegations of financial irregularities. Bhushan son and father duo have taken an anti-national posture on Kashmir and still they are all dear to Anna”, he said adding that “I am not opposed to Hazare`s anti-corruption movement but do not believe in stunts and hypocritical postures.”