Probe US role in protests: Cong

The party has asked the government to probe the reasons for the huge support that the Gandhian activist could garner in a matter of few days.

“US never supported any movement in India since its independence. For the first time, the US said that Hazare’s movement should be allowed and there should be no obstruction to it. What was the need for the US to give this statement? It needs to be considered whether there is any power which is supporting this movement which wants to destabilise not only the government but the country,” Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

Asked whether it was official stand of the Congress, which has been criticised for adopting pro-US policy, Alvi replied: “All that I have said I have said on behalf of my party.”

In reply to a question whether he was suggesting that US was behind the agitation, Alvi said the government should “inquire and find out the truth”.

Alvi also said “there are some forces also within the country (that are supporting Hazare’s agitation from behind), which needs to be found out.... I am not criticising the US or any other country. But we will have to find out the truth, why US is supporting this movement?”
Notably, few days before the scheduled fast on August 16, the US State Department spokesperson Victorial Nuland expressed hope that India would exercise “appropriate democratic restraint” in the way it deals with peaceful protest.

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