‘Clean’ members to form part of core team: Anna

In the wake of multi-faceted attacks against Team Anna members, social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said the core committee will be expanded and would only include members with clean background.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 14:54 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): In the wake of multi-faceted attacks against Team Anna members, social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said the core committee will be expanded and would only include members with clean background.

Addressing a press conference here after a meeting of the core team, Hazare said the core team will be revamped and have 50 members from all walks of life.

He further said that they would do a background check before including any new member in the team, and added their activities post inclusion would also be monitored strictly.

Hazare also informed that a code of conduct will be formed for the revamped core committee.

While reiterating that he was not anti-Congress, Hazare said his team will support the ruling party if they bring the Jan Lokpal Bill.

However, he added he would continue to oppose a weak Lokpal Bill.

Hazare also criticised the UPA government for trying to weaken the Lokpal Bill by proposing to introduce five different Bills aimed at tackling corruption.

While asking other states to bring in the Lokayukta Bill similar to the one passed by Uttarakhand, the Gandhian said they would oppose those state governments who bring a weak Lokayukta Bill.

Team Anna has already criticised the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar over the same.

Hazare also listed empowering and strengthening of Gram Sabhas as his aim.

The social activist also demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be made an independent body, free of government control.

He refused to answer a question on Swami Agnivesh, who has expressed his desire to apologise to him and rejoin the team.