Ralegaon Siddhi: Anna Hazare, Friday, distanced himself from Prashant Bhushan on the issue of plebiscite in
Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was not the team`s stand and the
lawyer-activist was airing his personal views.
"Prashant Bhushan`s statement (on Kashmir) is not the
views of the team. He has never asked the team. These are his
personal views. The team is not responsible for the comments.
We are not in agreement with him," Hazare told reporters here.
"We didn`t like this (statement). It is not our view," he
Bhushan had triggered a controversy by supporting the idea of holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir following which he was attacked by three youths belonging to a right-wing group two days ago.
Hazare said Kashmir is an integral part of the country and he would do whatever he could do for the state. "Kashmir is an integral part of the country and it will remain so and
we will have to do whatever we have to ensure this. (Hum sar kata sakte hai per Kashmir ko alag nahi hone denge)."
The 74-year-Gandhian said Prashant Bhushan should seek permission
for airing views on behalf of the team. "But for personal
comments, what is the need for permission," he said.
Asked whether Prashant Bhushan, a key member of the team who was
also a member of the joint committee to draft Lokpal bill,
will be removed from the team, Hazare said it will be decided later.
"The points he has made are not good. We will decide in
future whether we will keep him or not," he said.
He made these comments shortly after meeting noted RTI activist and his close associate Arvind Kejriwal, who came to his village to discuss the recent attack on his supporters and noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan for his provocative remarks on Kashmir.
Prashant Bhushan had recently suggested in Varanasi that a plebiscite could be held for finding a perfect political solution for Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Team Anna members have voiced their concerns for bringing a special new law with tougher penalty to deal with sponsored violence in view of attacks on Prashant Bhushan and the Gandhian’s supporters in police presence.
Five supporters of Anna Hazare were on Thursday attacked by some workers of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena outside the Patiala House court here.