New Delhi: It seems that Team Anna’s decision to enter politics has not gone down well with some of the supporters.
Reports claim that some supporters of Anna Hazare at Navsari in Surat have burnt posters of the social activist and India Against Corruption.
In fact, former Karnataka Lokayukta and Team Anna member Santosh Hegde also said yesterday that he does not support Anna Hazare and his team floating a political party, but would campaign for candidates who identify themselves with his movement against corruption.
There was a section of the volunteers of India Against Corruption at Jantar Mantar, who were cheering Anna Hazare during his fast, protested the team’s decision to take a political route.
Around 50 volunteers reportedly submitted their identity cards with the management of India Against Corruption and refused to turn up at the event.
Reports also said some of the volunteers were also beaten up for displaying placards requesting Team Anna not to join the politics.
However, Team Anna has given assurance to dejected volunteers that Arvind Kejriwal would meet them soon.
On Friday, Team Anna moved towards forming a party to fight the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but Anna Hazare made it clear that he will not launch a party or contest elections. Ending their ten-day fast at Jantar Mantar, the team declared that "people" will decide on their candidates and fund their elections.
"We will have to throw this government out. It is a long fight. This is not a party. It will be a movement from the streets to Parliament.”
"Parliament has to be purified. There will be no high command. People will decide the candidates and they will fund it," Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal announced.
First Published: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 10:23