Hazare is doing only what Digvijay Singh wanted
Posted September 13, 2011on:
Digvijay Singh’s barbs against Anna Hazare and his campaign against corruption seem to be the manifestation of the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s deep-rooted frustration at being out of power for so long and repeatedly rejected by the people in his own State, the latest being in the Jabera Assembly by-election. He has probably forgotten that he was once a great admirer of Anna Hazare and that the latter is doing only what Digvijay Singh was advocating.
In a letter in August 1997 to then Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, Singh had not only supported Gujral’s call for the Lokpal but also for a “mass movement against corruption. It was certainly in the best tradition of Gandhian values”
Singh, who was then the chief minister, had suggested in his letter that “it must be made compulsory for all political persons holding office, officials and judges to declare their personal assets. This should be a matter of public record available for scrutiny.”
He stated that cleansing of public life has to begin from top; the perception of the person in the street about the people in public life, be they politicians or bureaucrats, was that of “self-seeking individuals who are exploiting the nation”.
Calling for urgent steps to check this erosion of credibility, he said that the Centre should act immediately on cleansing electoral politics of illegal funding.
The then chief minister had in 1998 invited Anna Hazare to Madhya Pradesh, made him the State guest, praised his dedication to the Gandhian values profusely and taken him to Jhabua to seek Hazare’s guidance for the water harvesting project.