‘I was not really aware that this movement was slyly being propped up by the BJP and RSS.’
Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan told Rajdeep Sardesai, in an interview for the news television channel India Today last weekend, that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh may have propped up Kisan Baburao ‘Anna’ Hazare’s India Against Corruption movement in 2011.
Bhushan claims that his former IAC colleague and currently Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal knew that the RSS was offering organisational support to the IAC movement.
At that time, I’m pretty sure that even Anna Hazare wasn’t aware of the fact that — and I wasn’t aware at that time — that it (the India Against Corruption movement) was in a sort of very organised way being propped up by the RSS-BJP.
Now, or over the years when one looks at it, and see the kind of supporters who came forward and then you heard about how the backroom organising was also being done by these people who were very close to the BJP-RSS, in retrospect (one can say that the IAC was propped up by the RSS-BJP).
At that time I wasn’t looking at this (link) so critically; it’s not a question of my difficulty in admitting it; it was that I was not really aware of the fact that this movement was slyly being propped up by the BJP and RSS.
What were those instances that made you look critically at this link?
Over the years, when I saw that, how this BJP ascended to power, and then one started looking back how these people (yoga guru Baba) Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Ravishankar, V K Singh (the former chief of the Indian Army who later joined the BJP and is a minister in the Narendra Modi government), who joined the BJP, so to say, and then it became clear that it had been, in a very, very, well considered manner, propped up.
I’m pretty sure, though I have no concrete evidence of this, but I’m pretty sure that a decision was taken by the BJP and RSS top brass to support us on the issue of corruption and take on the Manmohan Singh government.