Team Anna and Cong locked in confrontation

New Delhi: Ahead of Anna Hazare`s three-day fast in Mumbai, Congress and Team Anna were today locked in a confrontation with the Gandhian being dubbed as an "RSS agent" and an "Army deserter". Digvijay Singh, a Congress general secretary, also renewed his attack on the 74-year-old Gandhian, alleging he had links with the RSS.

Singh, a strident critic of Hazare, referred to a picture published in a Hindi daily purportedly showing the activist with RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh to back his remarks and took note of the denial that he was not linked to the Sangh. Singh`s party colleague and Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma joined the tirade against Hazare, saying he was a "RSS agent" and an "Army deserter". Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Hazare should come clean on his alleged RSS links.

"Anna Hazare worked as Secretary with RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh and trained in 1983 in Gonda. See Nai Duniya front page today," Singh today wrote on his twitter page. "And he denied any association with RSS! Now whom do we believe Facts with Picture and the claim of RSS or Anna? I am again proved right," he wrote on the social networking site. In an apparent tit for tat response, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi tweeted a picture of Digvijay Singh sharing a dais with Deshmukh and questioned his RSS links.

"Does sharing of the dais make one each other`s agent. Next time shud one sit alone? When two persons share a dais do they become each others agents,?" she asked. While reacting to the fresh allegations by Congress, another key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said Hazare is "an agent" of the country.

"Anna is an agent of our country, when they (Beni Prasad Verma) don`t have anything to say these things. Why do they not pass Jan Lokpal bill, Why do they want to keep CBI in their hands? They are trying to ruin Anna`s identity by saying these things," he added. Hazare is due to hold his three-day fast at the MMRDA Ground in Mumbai against a `weak` Lok Pal bill from December 27.