BJP true murderer of democracy: Cong

New Delhi: Stung by BJP`s "obstructive tactics" on the Lokpal issue and attempts to target the Prime Minister, Congress today hit back at the opposition party saying the "assassin" is trying to accuse the victim of murdering democracy. Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said BJP was "true murderer of democracy" as regards yesterday`s developments on the Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha were concerned.

He told reporters that the BJP was "too clever by half" by trying to obstruct the legislation on the anti-corruption ombudsman by pretending to put conditionalities. Alleging that the BJP doesn`t want a strong anti- corruption law, he said this was clear from the fact that in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh there are "extremely weak" Lokayuktas and while there is no Lokayukta for six months in Karnataka and for several years in Gujarat. When told that the BJP was targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue, he remarked, "The assassin is trying to accuse the victim of murder of democracy."

"We can not prevent the BJP from doing negative politics. But it will get a fitting slap on the face in the near future," Singhvi said adding that the Lokpal issue has shown "duplicitous face, hypocritical approach and double-forked tongue" of the BJP.

The Congress spokesman, who is also chairman of the Parliamentary Committee that went into the Lokpal Bill, also had a dig at Team Anna saying its members should use bifocal lenses so that they could see "some drawbacks and defects" of BJP than the "unifocal anti-Congress vision" they have at present.