Why the Congress is scared of ‘Anna’s politics’ ?

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  1. Daredevil

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    Why the Congress is scared of ‘Anna’s politics’ ?


    The Congress, which once ridiculed the Anna Hazare movement as being led by “unelected and unelectable” leaders, today sounds petrified by the prospect of seeing these self-same leaders enter the campaign fray of electoral politics.

    Ever since Team Anna indicated it would campaign against the Congress candidate for the 13 October byelection in Hisar (Haryana), Congress leaders have been quaking in their khadi kurtas.

    Their initial feeble noises – that the decision by Team Anna to campaign against the Congress was “unfortunate” – have given way to rather more direct messages to the anti-corruption activists to butt out of electoral politics.

    Anna Hazare is making a political gamble by going solely after the Congress, but that's a wager he is willing to make. PTI
    Yesterday in Nagpur, Congress leader Salman Khurshid put it rather more bluntly.

    “Anna,” he said, “should stay away from politics.”

    And why should Anna do that?

    “Politics,” said Khurshid, ”is our job. (Anna) must stick to social work. Let us do our job.”

    The point that Khurshid misses, surely, is that the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare came about only because “career politicians” have been “doing their job” a little too well – as seen in the tsunami of scams we’ve seen in recent years.

    So, why is the Congress running scared of Team Anna’s exertions on the margins of electoral politics when in fact it has thus far dismissed Anna’s campaign as unrepresentative of anyone?

    It is of course true that Anna has – as the latest tactic to exert greater pressure on the political establishment to establish a strong and effective Lokpal institution – targeted the Congress exclusively on the electoral stump.

    In a CD named ‘The Government of the Corrupt’, Anna appealed to the people to defeat the Congress as it had failed to take its demands for the Jan Lokpal Bill on board.

    But that is merely because the Congress has clearly signalled through its actions that, for all its claims to being earnest about setting up a strong Lokpal institution, its heart is not in it. As the primary constituent of the ruling alliance at the Centre, the Congress has done everything within its power to dilute the Lokpal Bill – and has had to be pushed and prodded at every stage to make even the minor concessions it has.

    It is that sense of vulnerability that perhaps leads the Congress to ask Team Anna, whose moral standing it can hardly match, to go away – and let career politicians do the job.

    Anna’s political strategy may of course be open to criticism on a number of counts. Anna is, in effect, taking a bit of a political gamble by going solely after the Congress on the Lokpal Bill issue – when in fact there is nothing to suggest that the other political parties are any more favourably inclined towards setting up a strong anti-corruption agency.

    But that’s a wager that Team Anna is willing to make: it may work – or it may bomb spectacularly if its appeal gets lost in the noisy din of elections, where typically many issues – from the politically significant to the mundane – compete for voters’ attention.

    But the electoral campaign platform is in a larger sense a marketplace for ideas. It is where ideas clash and collide, and are tested for the extent of the traction that they enjoy among the electorate.

    And in a larger sense, politics is the fountainhead of every social and economic problem that plagues India; and, conversely, politics offers a chance to find solutions to these problems as well. “Social work” and “politics” aren’t mutually exclusive domains, and in fact, it can be reasonably argued that Anna is merely “doing his job” as a social worker by influencing politics on the periphery.

    As I’ve argued before, I’d personally like to see Team Anna enter electoral politics and reform the system from within – rather than stay an eternal outsider. But until such time, Team Anna – and in fact, anyone with a political consciousness – is just “doing its job” even if it is making an electoral pitch on behalf of one party or another.
     
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    Earlier during the Anna's anti corruption movement Congress claimed that Anna doesn't represent people because he is not elected and has no political base. But now Congress is arguing Anna has nothing to do with Politics when he is campaigning against Congress in Haryana making Jan Lokpal bill and ant-corruptions as the campaign points. The double-faced Congress politics exposed one more time.
     
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    bad management of events led to ANNAmania. anna hazare was unclear about the support he may get before his fast. the arrest made him popular, the arrest drew the crowd. people are angry but anna popularity has no connection with the anti-graft sentiments of people, rather its a mismanagement by govt.
     
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    Because Anna ji is the only threat to Congress' tyranny over India in non-political circles, apart from Narendra Modi (in political circles). These 2 are the only men who can ensure extinction of Congress from Indian politics for ever.
     
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    Anna has a good reputation among voters and people have seen what congress has done at his Anshan time. So their fear is natural...now Congress again blaming RSS for Anna's campaign when he rightly caught them :pound:
     
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    :amen:

    How sweet that is Extinction of Congress from Indian Politics for Ever . :music:
     
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    [video]http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/Hisar-bypoll-Digvijay-Singh-slams-Anna-Hazare/videoshow/10279535.cms[/video]

    Hisar bypoll: Digvijay Singh slams Anna Hazare
    08 Oct 2011, 5:35PM IST|- ( TOI Video ) .
     
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    DD Saar, Anna is only campaigning not fighting elections. Kennriwal should have filed his nomination
     
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    I know but congress is scared of his campaign also. It is a kind of politics bcoz Anna is campaigning against congress in the by election. Now congress is arguing that he should do social work and stay away from politics.
     
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    Thank goodness today's Indian is much more aware about his country because if this was Indira instead of Sonia, Anna ji won't be living and she'd roll soldiers onto the streets to threaten the country. We all must support Anna ji. I really hope he comes to Northeast also and alerts the locals about Congress' evil ways.

    A recent Congress MP was found colluding with NSCN terrorists to dethrone opposition in Arunachal Pradesh. The whole state is angry.
     
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    DD completely agree with you. Earlier the Congress leaders were daring Anna and team to fight elections against them but now when they have taken the first small step, the bluff of the Congress has been called. They are now running scared because central agencies like IB must have given them the true background situation.

    The desperation is apparent as the perennial loose cannon Diggy Raja has been unleashed.
     
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    Hisar poll battle heats up

     
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    The thing is, as far as the JLP is concerned, even the opposition is not on board fully. They have made noises here and there but there certainly is no conviction. The bill would have faced the same issues even if the NDA was in power. So to any neutral, the campaign against congress actually would look like a bias. No wonder the congress is linking Anna to RSS.
     
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    Mohan Bhagwat said it himself. There is no more conspiracy on it anymore. Diggy was right says congress.

    And as usual Anna has no idea what RSS is talking about :lol:
     
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    Well it's the congress which is in the power and the onus is on them to pass the bill but they have used every dirty trick in the book to stall the bill. Even now despite the resolution to pass the bill the Congress motives are less than honest to pass them. So Anna's team is trying to take on Congress on as many platforms as possible to force their hand to make them pass the bill.

    As of now in the election 41 candidates are in fray and they are campaigning against only Congress, so I don't see the bias. They are trying to discredit Anna team by labeling them as RSS agents but it didn't stick before and it won't stick now either.
     
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    DD, Anna should campaign against all political parties saying they don't want JLP. why target the congress? There are 41 candidates means a lot of independents. They should campaign against all registered political parties.
     
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    No man. Let them campaign only against congress. Already people are discrediting motives of IAC due to this. Who's on suicidal path now? :)
     
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    Yusuf,

    Are these other parties against the lokpal bill and did they stall the lokpal bill?. If they did stall it then I say Anna team work against them. But that's not the case.
     
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    It's the congress lapdog diggy raja who is trying to discredit Anna team. The right guy to do it :rofl:
     

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