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'We don't take Team Anna seriously'

The government would not take Team Anna’s charge against the central ministers seriously, Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy on Monday said.

‘I personally don’t want to make any comments on them. But we don’t take them seriously,’ Narayanasamy told reporters here on his arrival from Delhi.

Team Anna had made allegations against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mukherjee and 13 others last month and demanded setting up of a special investigation team which was rejected by the government.

Narayanasamy said Singh had sought the support of all parties to extend support to UPA’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee. He hoped that Mukherjee would win unopposed.

Earlier, shipping minister Vasan said the government would not give ‘much importance’ to such charges.

‘We will not give much importance to baseless charges.'

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had said in Jodhpur yesterday that Mukherjee was a candidate for the highest constitutional post and the person adorning the top office must be ‘above board’. agencies


BJP TAKES ON TEAM ANNA FOR STANCE ON PRANAB

BJP on Monday hit out at Team Anna for seeking an independent probe into allegations made by it against UPA presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee before he contests the poll, saying it should not try to become a 'super-constitutional authority'.

'No one should attempt to become a super-constitutional authority by compelling anybody before contesting election to take a no-objection certificate from them. It is unfortunate that such type of sweeping statements are given, which do not bode well for their cause,' BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Monday.

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday targeted Mukherjee, saying the candidate for the highest constitutional post and the person adorning the top office must be 'above board', while another team member Manish Sisodia wanted the allegations against Mukherjee to be investigated.

While making it clear that they were neither in support nor against Mukherjee, Naqvi said there exists a law and a Constitutional system to look into complaints and the law will take its own course if anything is wrong.

'It is not possible to take an NOC from civil society before contesting any election... It is not appropriate to make such type of statements,' Naqvi said.

The BJP leader said those contesting elections are already filing affidavits while making their nominations which are subject to scrutiny by various government departments and anything mentioned wrongly will be looked into by these government departments and action taken thereof.
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