New Delhi: With Digvijay Singh claiming that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could now be used by RSS to "divert attention" from rightwing terror after the agitations by Ramdev and Anna Hazare, the Art of Living guru on Thursday vowed to continue his fight against corruption. JPN/Agencies
"A law is necessary. However, a law alone cannot bring down corruption. A moral and spiritual wave has to be created. I have been speaking against corruption and will continue to fight against corruption," he said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the guru had on Wednesday said he administered oath to one lakh people to not to give or take bribe.
Ravi Shankar's statement came as a response to Singh's claim that the anti-corruption stir by Anna Hazare and Ramdev were part of an over-all plan of RSS-BJP to divert attention from Sangh's "terror links". He also warned Sri Sri Ravishankar that he too could be used by them.
Reacting to it, Ravi Shankar said, "People write so many things. I do not react to every comment. Everybody is entitled to his views."
Ravishankar is Plan C of RSS-BJP: Digvijay
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged that the anti-corruption stir by Anna Hazare and Ramdev were part of an over-all plan of RSS- BJP to divert attention from Sangh's "terror links" and warned spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar that he too could be used by them.
The AICC general secretary said that while Ramdev and Anna Hazare were plan A and B of the Sangh-BJP, Sri Sri Ravishankar is Plan C and asked the spiritual guru to be "wary" of the two organisations.
Singh remarked on the microblogging site Twitter "Plan A, B and C are of Sangh/ BJP to divert the minds of the people from their involvement in terror activities to corruption."
Later talking to reporters, he said that Plan A of this over-all scheme has been Baba Ramdev, B is Anna and C is Sri Sri Ravishankar.
"I hold Sri Ravi Shankarji in high esteem and have done a course in the Art of Living as CM MP in 2001. He should be wary of Sangh/ BJP," Singh remarked in another post on twitter.
Singh, however, told reporters that all this is a part of an over-all plan of RSS-BJP combine to "divert" the attention of the people of the country "to corruption from the issue of involvement of Sangh activists in terror activities" in Malegaon, Modasa, Hyderabad, Ajmersharif and Samjhauta Express."
Claiming that the UPA government under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken "all possible steps" including to bring Right to Information (RTI) Act and making Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act stricter to check corruption, Singh charged that BJP's record on action over charges of corruption has been "pathetic".
Noting that the UPA has taken action against corrupt people in spite of the fact that they were allies, Singh questioned, "Why BJP did not register a case against (its former president) Bangaru Laxman under Prevention of Corruption Act when he was caught on camera taking money?
"Why was the BJP MP (Dilip Singh Judev) not sent to jail when he was caught on television cameras accepting bribe. Why a case was not registered against Jaya Jaitley when she was caught on tape striking deal with arms-dealers in the house of then Defence Minister (George Fernandes)?"
BJP criticizes Digvijay Singh
Slamming Digvijay Singh's remarks that anti-graft agitations by Anna Hazare and Ramdev were part of a plan of RSS-BJP to divert attention from rightwing terror, BJP alleged that he was trying to "demonise" all those who were fighting against corruption.
"I compliment Digvijay Singh for his important plan of almost shameless way of demonising all those who are fighting against corruption. Good luck to him. The more he speaks, more the Congress will lose its credibility," party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Delhi on Thursday.
Expressing similar sentiments, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Singh's comments will prove to be a "hit wicket" for the Congress.
"Digvijay Singh's hit list will prove to be hit wicket for Congress. It is unfortunate that he is issuing hit lists like terrorists, for those who are fighting against corruption and black money," Naqvi said.
He said instead of fighting against corruption, Congress is targeting those who are trying to get rid of corruption.
New Delhi: With Digvijay Singh claiming that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could now be used by RSS to "divert attention" from rightwing terror after the agitations by Ramdev and Anna Hazare, the Art of Living guru on Thursday vowed to continue his fight against corruption.