New Delhi: Congress on Thursday rejected Arvind Kejriwal's averment that Delhi Police refused permission to Team Anna to hold indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar because the MPs are "scared" and termed it as an "administrative" issue.
"Administrative issues are in the cognisance of the administration. Giving a political colour to everything is not right," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
He said that if anybody has any complaint, he should tell it to the officers concerned and if it is not heard there, he should go to the higher-ups.
Tewari also reminded that Team Anna has many members who have been high rank administrative officials.
Delhi Police on Thursday refused permission to Team Anna to hold an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar on July 25, contending that the timing coincides with the Monsoon Session of Parliament when it has to provide space to other outfits.
Activists did not buy the argument and said they will hold the protest at the same spot or in jail while accusing Home Minister P Chidambaram for not being allowed to hold the fast.
Team Anna had announced the indefinite protest against the UPA government on the issue of corruption and its alleged failure to enact a strong Lokpal as well as not setting up a Special Investigation Team to probe corruption charges against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his 14 Cabinet colleagues.
Reacting to the police letter, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "official reason (to deny permission) -- Parliament in session. Are MPs scared of people of India? How far do they want people to stay away from them?"
"It is dangerous for democracy if Parliament and MPs start getting scared of people...Real reason is that Chidambaram is behind denial...Anshan (fast) will take place -- either at Jantar Mantar or in jail," he said.


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