New Delhi: Silence prevails in the political corridors as Anna fever grips the masses. Taken aback by the strong wave of support for Anna, Members of Parliament (MPs) of various political parties are keeping mum on raising voice against the Gandhian.

While many of them are opposing Anna under their party banner, those in Maharashtra remain wary of opening their mouths.

The Anna effect seemed prominent when a Union Minister hailing from Maharashtra said, “No one can dare to oppose Anna at this juncture”.

Though being an effective component of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has maintained complete silence on the issue. From the very first day, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had separated himself from the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to deal with corruption.

The members of the Congress party have already acquired a split stand on the Jan Lokpal, as Datta Meghe asked his own party member Manish Tiwari to seek forgiveness for his comment against Anna.  Congress MP Priya Dutt too has termed the government version of Lokpal as a vulnerable one.

Sanjay Nirupam of Congress, who had strongly criticised Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha, also appeared in a Gandhi cap on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, five states are set for the Assembly Elections in 2012. And according to a Union Minister, all the hard work put in by Rahul Gandhi in the name of Mission 2012 in UP has been uprooted by the Anna storm.

Anna’s call to corner MPs who are opposing the Lokpal Bill is giving a tough time to the political parties.

(JPN/Bureau)