Congress takes on Hazare, Ramdev, BJP, launches campaign KOLKATA: Senior Congress leader and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee hit out at Anna Hazare and Ramdev over the civil society's anti-corruption movement, accusing them of undermining democratic institutions and did not spare the BJP either. Mukherjee while announcing Congress' plans to launch a nationwide anti-corruption campaign took on BJP saying it was backing Hazare and Ramdev to gain support of people after its debacle in the recent assembly polls and accused the party of providing "logistical support" to their agitations and resorting to "unconstitutional practice". "The Constitution has given the power to legislate only to Parliament and the state Assemblies. If 5,000 or 6,000 people dictate from outside what the Parliament ought to do, this will weaken democracy," he told a press conference. The campaign is seen as a bid by Congress to counter the movement by Hazare and Ramdev. In hard hitting remarks targeting BJP, Mukherjee said, "when the parties are rejected by the people and if they want to resort to unconstitutional practice it is totally unacceptable. They are providing logistic support to all those agitations." He however did not name the party. "In a democratic system, in a democratic society, everybody has a right to agitate on certain issues which he feels right or wrong....Those who want to dismantle the process of Constitution, Congress party will fight against them," he said. Mukherjee also ruled out acceding to Hazare's demand for videography of the drafting process of the Lokpal Bill, saying this was not possible in view of the fact that the drafting committee members will express their views "freely". Their views, however, would be available on audio recording, he said. Referring to Hazare's August 15 deadline for the passage of the Lokpal Bill, Mukherjee said, "We have suggested that the Bill be tabled in Parliament during the Monsoon Session. But who can say when the House will pass it? The Parliament is supreme." BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad in his response asked Mukherjee not to shift anger on BJP and RSS. "He (Pranab) must be angry because of the stabbing he received from his own party for going to the airport. But don't shift anger on BJP and RSS," he said. He said the finance minister "should take some action (against corruption), but he will never do it because he very well knows his own people would be troubled." On Mukherjee's remark that the BJP was supporting social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev to gain support after its debacle in the recent Assembly polls in five states, he said BJP was ruling over 36 per cent of the country's area. "BJP rules in 36% of the country, and Congress only in 31%. We rule in nine states," Prasad said, reacting to Mukherjee's statement in Kolkata earlier in the day that BJP could win only five seats in the recent assembly polls. Out of the total 824 assembly seats in four states and a Union Territory which went to polls, the BJP had contested 411 and won only 5, whereas the Congress contested 354 and won 171. The allies of the Congress won 243 seats.