Cong expresses surprise over Team Anna referendum

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday sought to raise doubts over the “referendum” conducted by Team Anna which claimed over 90 per cent of the people surveyed in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, including that of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, support the Jan Lokpal Bill.

“It is very surprising. Anna Hazare has no organisation …he only has a so-called team. Then how can it carry out the so-called survey involving so many constituencies,” party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.

His remarks were in response to the survey by Team Anna which said an overwhelming 96.5 per cent of people said they shall not vote for their representative in the next elections if he or she does not support Jan Lokpal within the Standing Committee as well as Parliament.

After announcing the results of a “referendum” conducted by Team Anna, activist Manish Sisodia had said, “We urge the elected representatives to heed the wishes of the people to bring the strongest anti-corruption law.”

The civil society members claimed that 99.5 per cent of the 1 lakh people surveyed in Sonia Gandhi`s constituency, Rae Bareily, supported the Jan Lokpal Bill while 98.3 per cent supported the proposed law in Rahul Gandhi`s constituency, Amethi.