Hindutava ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, when asked by CNN-IBN why the issue of corruption raised by the principal opposition party BJP, particularly its PM-in-waiting LK Advani during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, has not been able to evoke the same response as Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev have been able to:
The principal opposition party lacks credibility to take up this issue. First of all, they should have addressed this issue through their respective state governments and if their performance had been above board and if they had dismissed certain governments, then definitely their voice would have been credible in the minds of the people. They have not done it. So, therefore, the opposition role has to be played by some people who also may be custodians of people's will and aspirations.
And when specifically asked whether the RSS finds Ramdev more credible than the BJP:
Summarily, if it has to say, so definitely the answer will be yes: Anna Hazare, Ramdevji and such persons are much more credible today than the political people. I think that this movement will not fail - each has got his contributions to make. So Lokpal Bill also has to come. Stashed, illegal money abroad, also has to come back. For all these, political decisions will have to be taken —either by the ruling party, if not the battle will have to be taken up by others as well. But I think the batons would pass. The movement will continue. And success is assured.
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