Ralegan Siddhi: Emphasizing that there was no rift in the team, key aide of Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said here that all the members of the team were united and they will not give up the fight against graft at any cost.
Reiterating that there was a conspiracy to malign key members of Team Anna, Kejriwal while reading out a letter on behalf of Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare, said, "Team Anna is very strong and no one can break it. There
were talks about disbanding the core committee. I don`t think
it is right. If we flee the ground due to some allegations,
then it will erode the credibility of the movement and it is
not good for the movement. Don`t bother about allegations."
"The core committee members will unitedly face the
challenges and fight back. Our fight will be on till Jan
Lokpal Bill is passed. In future, a constitution will be
framed for the movement...After framing the constitution, the
core committee will be revamped," Anna Hazare said.
The constitution will have provisions on who can be the
members of the core committee and working committee of the
team and their character. Whoever, Hazare said, indulges in
wrongdoing will be dealt with according to the constitution.
Anna Hazare, who is on a vow of silence, was also present at the press conference. Others present were Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan.
Anna`s statement once again urged the Congress party to pass a strong Lokpal Bill in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. If it fails to do so then Anna will tour the five states in which the Assembly Elections are due to be held next year, Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal reiterated that the movement against corruption by Team Anna was not directed against any party but was an attempt to appeal to the government in power to be more responsible.
Anna clarified once again that he had “never taken or asked for RSS support”.
With Kejriwal facing allegations about diverting
donations to his trust, Hazare said some people were trying to
mislead people and from beginning Kejriwal-headed Public Cause
Research Foundation (PCRF) was working as movement`s secretariat.
He said on November one, the accounts of the movement will be put on web site.
Against the backdrop of controversy over Bhushan`s advocacy of plebiscite in Kashmir, the Gandhian said there
were many people in the committee who believe in various ideologies.
"Members have their social and political view and many of
them were working on several issues. They may have different
opinions on issues. But the views of an individual member
cannot be seen as Team Anna`s views," he said.
Amidst speculation that Team Anna might be revamped, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan met Anna Hazare today in his native village. This meeting with the Gandhian comes a day after some members of the core committee met in Ghaziabad on Saturday amidst the backdrop of a series of allegations of misdemeanors against high-profile members like Bedi, Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan.
After a meeting of the core committee yesterday, Kejriwal had said that the team “will not be dissolved” though there was scope for “restructuring and strengthening” the team.
With constant allegations of RSS support to Anna movement by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, resignation of prominent team members like Rajendra Singh from the team, and Santosh Hegde disagreeing with the decision of Team Anna to campaign in the Hisar bypolls, the attacks on Team Anna have been coming from all directions forcing the team to go in a fire-fighting mode.