New Delhi: Supporters of anti-corruption
crusader Anna Hazare on Friday dismissed as "baseless" reports of
cracks in their movement on the issue of drafting of an
effective Lokpal Bill, alleging "conspiracies" are being
"hatched" to weaken the agitation.
"There is no substance in these reports. The reports
said Kiran Bedi has parted ways with us. Medha Patkar is not
supporting us. But they are here. They are strongly backing
the movement," Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent RTI activist and a
key figure in Hazare`s movement, said.
Terming the reports of cracks as "totally baseless", he
alleged conspiracies are being hatched to derail the movement
which has received spontaneous support of people from across
"We are all united. Kiran Bedi was not well yesterday.
She is back today. Medha Patekar is here as well," the
Magsaysay Award-winning activist said.
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, whose absence yesterday
at the protest site had triggered reports of a crack in the
movement, said she was very much with the movement and
will continue to extend all her support to it.
She said she could not be present yesterday as she was
suffering from severe throat problem and was advised rest.
"I was not well and doctors had asked me to take rest.
I am with Hazare. It is my fortune that I am getting an
opportunity to work with him. This is a peoples` movement and
we all are united," Bedi said.
Patkar, addressing the gathering, said the movement
against corruption has received support of people from all
walks of life and claimed there were no differences of
"We are fighting for a cause which affects everybody.
This is a movement which is bound to frighten the government.
We must continue our agitation agianst corruption," Patkar,
known for her role in Narmada Bachao Andolan, said.
Hazare`s fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar to press
for a Jan Lokpal Bill to deal with corruption in high places
entered fourth day today.