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Anna's remark on voters' integrity disputed by BJP

New Delhi , Sat, 28 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday termed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's remark that voters were not informed enough and could be influenced by money and alcohol to be his personal opinion, and emphasized that it believes people of the country vote with full honesty and integrity.

"This might be his personal opinion. The Bharatiya Janata Party responsibly believes that people of India vote with full honesty and whenever they want to they have the capability to overthrow big governments from power," said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

Hussain, however, said such unpleasing incidents might be taking place in a few parts of the country.

" At some places, people might be doing such types of things with the help of alcohol and money. But 99.99 percent voters vote earnestly. We cannot raise suspicion on their honesty. They vote in loneliness and the decisions that are taken by them at that point of time are their own. The people of the country are honest and their honesty cannot be doubted. The Bharatiya Janata Party believes that democracy is powerful even today because the public has removed several big (political) players," said Hussain.

"People vote with full integrity. Few persons might be falling for money and alcohol, but vast majorities of people vote with full honesty even today. And the BJP salutes the voters of the country," he added.

Hazare had earlier on Friday said that he would lose his deposit if he fought elections, because voters were not informed enough and people in the villages could be influenced by money and alcohol.

"I feel I should contest elections, but if I do so, I will lose my deposit. I will not do so. Voters are not alert. An informed voter is the crux of democracy. In villages, even today if a Rs. 500 note is waved in front of people they will vote for you, and a drunkard will vote for you if he is promised alcohol," he said. (ANI)

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