`Hazare`s peace of mind destroyed by own people`

Thackeray said Hazare was pointing fingers at the "gang of four" because misdeeds of members of his "parallel government" are being exposed.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011, 18:26 PM IST

Mumbai: Anna Hazare`s peace of mind has been
destroyed by his own people and not the "gang of four" in the
Congress he referred to, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said
on Thursday.

"I don`t want to get into the issue of who the `gang of
four` is and what kind of conspiracy they have hatched. It is
my sincere wish that Anna who is observing `maun vrat` (vow of
silence) should get peace of mind," Thackeray said in today`s
editorial of his party mouthpiece "Saamna".

The Sena patriarch`s comment came on a day when Hazare,
in his latest blog posting, announced his decision to continue
his vow of silence.

"My health still does not permit me to give up my `maun
vrat`. There is still some swelling on my feet and the knee
troubles me a lot," 74-year-old Hazare, who is in Ralegan
Siddhi, 200 km from Mumbai, wrote in his blog.

Thackeray said Hazare was pointing fingers at the "gang
of four" because misdeeds of members of his "parallel
government" are being exposed.

He said Anna should explain how can Prashant Bhushan`s
comments supporting plebiscite in Kashmir and expose of Kiran
Bedi`s inflated travel bills be termed as a conspiracy against
him.

Former Team Anna member Swami Agnivesh has spoken of
Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal`s financial misdeeds in
running their NGOs, Thackeray said.

Hazare and Kejriwal have come out in support of Bedi, the
Sena supremo said and wondered how such deeds fit in the
campaign against corruption and movement for Jan Lokpal.

Defending Bedi against the allegations of "air travel
corruption", Hazare had said last Monday that a "gang of four"
in the ruling party was behind the campaign against his team.

"To accuse and humiliate seems to be the mantra of the
few. This is not the first time that such accusations have
been levelled against Bedi. Every member of Team Anna had to
face accusations and character assassination by the gang of
four. Who are these people? Those are the very same people who
are not in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill," he had said in his
blog.

Hazare, however, was silent on the composition of the
"gang of four" he was referring to.

PTI