RSS lends support to Anna

Gorakhpur: In another gesture of support to Team Anna, RSS today said it will stand behind any individual or organisation taking up the fight against corruption. At the three-day national Executive Meeting of the RSS here, the Sangh founthead`s head of Pracharaks Manmohan Vaidya said "full support" would be given to all organisations and individuals who fight against corruption.

This statement has come at a time when Gandhian Anna Hazare has said there was no support from RSS to his campaign for a Jan Lokpal Bill and the fast that he undertook at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi. He has even attacked Congress general secretary Digivjay Singh for making this suggestion. "Not a single member of the RSS was present at my agitation and this could be a joint attempt by Congress and the RSS to defame me," Hazare had said.

While Anna has tried to distance himself from the RSS, the latter has emphasised on several occasions that its cadre was present in big numbers at the civil society activist`s fast. RSS also spoke against the attack on Bhushan two days back in the lawyer`s chamber in the Supreme Court.

"The Sangh does not support the violent act against a member of Team Anna," Vaidya said, in reply to a question. However, the Sangh is clear about its policy on Kashmir and maintains it is an integral part of India.

Bhushan was beaten up by members of a right-wing outfit which was opposed to his view that a plebiscite should be held in Kashmir to decide its fate.

Incidentally, Hazare has himself differed with Bhushan on this issue, saying the lawyer`s opinion is personal and does not reflect the views of Team Anna. Hazare said Kashmir is a part of India and will continue to be so.