New Delhi: As Anna Hazare continues his flip flop on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Sunday advised his close aide to "fully brief" him on the remarks made by former Coal Secretary against Singh before the activist talks to media on Monday. (Agencies)
Bedi's advice came minutes after Hazare's close aide Suresh Pathare tweeted that the activist will hold a press conference tomorrow morning in Ralegan Siddhi.
"Annaji may be fully briefed on the statement given on TV of Coal Secretary that the Prime Minister did not do enough to ensure coal blocks are auctioned," she said replying to Pathare's tweet.
Bedi's remarks come on a day she likened the Prime Minister to the blind king Dhritarashtra of the epic Mahabharata and said that he needed a Vidura who advises him that Team Anna is not a bunch of anti-nationals as alleged by some of his ministerial colleagues.
Hazare has been making flip flop on Singh after his team levelled allegations on May 26 against the Prime Minister on the basis of a leaked draft CAG report on coal block allocations.
Initially, he said Singh was an honest man and he would take a call on the Prime Minister only after seeing the file prepared by his team. But a few days later, he said he had lost faith in the Prime Minister.
On June four, Hazare said he has doubts about the Prime Minister after going through the file prepared by his team.
However, three days later Hazare described Singh as a "good man" against whom there is no example of corruption yet.
"I have said from the beginning that Manmohan Singh is a good man. Don't have any example of corruption yet. But he is going through a bad time. He is a good man but is handled by a remote control. What can a person do?" Hazare had said.
Notwithstanding the flip flop by Hazare, Team Anna has chalked out a campaign strategy for their indefinite fast, deciding to tour western Uttar Pradesh villages where they will "discuss in detail" corruption allegations against Singh.
Bedi went on to add, "Dhritrashtra had Vidura who used to advise him on Dharma even if advise was not followed! Who is Vidura for our Dhritrashtra (our PM)."
Defending Hazare, she said, "Our PM needs a Vidura who could tell him, Anna is not asking anything for himself but for the nation. He is not anti-national but a patriot".
However, Khurshid hit back saying the civil society members must first answer questions about alleged irregularities committed by them and should be open to probe.
Alleging that the Team Anna members have never asked for a probe against themselves, he said "we are at least subject to public scrutiny. Every five years we go through an election. People reject or accept our record and everything is there available and we are willing for any public scrutiny.
"There are many many questions they must first answer. I don't think they have the right to ask questions and I don't think they are being very helpful and very good to democracy in our country," he said.
The minister said the government has its own methods of keeping a check on what is happening in the country "but I have not heard Team Anna ever having said they are willing for a probe".
He alleged that the Anna members are "screaming and shouting" in an attempt to beat back the government.
Demanding a probe into the allegations against the ministers, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that "nobody suspects Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"But the way in which his government is drowned in corruption and scams, it is natural that the taint reaches him also. It is unfortunate but it will happen," he said, adding "this war of words between civil society and government should end. The government should order an investigation."
New Delhi: As Anna Hazare continues his flip flop on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Sunday advised his close aide to "fully brief" him on the remarks made by former Coal Secretary against Singh before the activist talks to media on Monday.