Mumbai: Days after parting ways with Arvind Kejriwal, social activist Anna Hazare is expected to hold talks with his aides soon to discuss the future course of the anti-corruption movement.
“The main issue (to be) discussed is how the agitation can be taken forward. The priority of demands to be taken up like the right to recall (elected representatives), the set-up of the Lokpal and strengthening the Lokayukta in Maharashtra will also be decided. This will be like starting from scratch as some of his main strategists have broken away from him,” a Hazare associate told DNA.
“The agitation was becoming loud, it was necessary to make it comprehensive,” the aide said, adding that Hazare’s campaign would get strengthened post his split with Kejriwal.
According to him, Hazare had discussed with leading social activists as to whether the anti-corruption movement should have taken a political turn.
“These people stressed the need for a comprehensive movement against corruption…. which would be apolitical in nature,” said the Hazare associate.
“Any social movement always makes a political demand, it is a pressure group,” he said. “We will not abandon the demand to set up the Lokpal,” he added.
Hazare has asked Kejriwal’s party, which has yet to be named, not to use his name or photo for any purpose.