It was a "well planned conspiracy" hatched at the behest of the RSS by keeping Hazare in the front, Congress spokesman Anand Sharma alleged at a press conference.
Hazare had launched a fast-unto-death in Delhi on April 5,  2011 to exert pressure on the government to enact a stringent anti-corruption law, the Lokpal.
There were nation-wide protests in support of the fast which ended on April 9 when the government formed a joint committee of ministers and civil society representatives to draft anti-corruption law.

Sharma also went on to allege that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi along with Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were among the "prominent conspirators" who tried to defame Congress and its leadership during the UPA-II.
"Many of the conspirators", associated with Vivekananda Foundation, had also conspired against the UPA government, Sharma said, alleging one of them is now the National Security Advisor and other Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Some of them even attempted to create a divide in the Army, he charged without naming anyone.
He suggested that the conspiracy was still continuing.
Targeting AAP, he said it needed to be asked as to from which funds it has contested polls and contesting polls.
Asked about speculation that Ramdev and Ravi Shankar are likely to get Padma awards, he said many people who have helped in the conspiracy will be rewarded.

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