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Not govt but own team caused rift: Anna

He also cautioned voters against “any party” using the anti-graft movement’s name for garnering votes.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune |
September 29, 2012 3:16:35 am

Anna Hazare on Friday broke his silence on the rift in his former team,blaming a “group” in his team for the decision to float a political party despite his disapproval. He also cautioned voters against “any party” using the anti-graft movement’s name for garnering votes.

In his new blog annahazarethinks,Hazare,who in the past blamed the “government machinery” for trying to create a rift in his team,gave a clean chit to the government this time round for the split. “Unfortunately our team has been divided into two factions before the Lokpal came into being. One faction wants to take the path of movement while other wants to enter politics. There were many people in the government who wanted to break the team. The government had incessantly tried create a rift in the team for last two years without any success. But now the team has split without any efforts by government because some people decided to tread on political path…” he wrote.

“The group repeatedly said that if Anna tells us so we will not form a political party. But they went ahead with their plan despite my decision not to form any political party. Some times they also said that they were forming a political party only because Anna directed us to do — this is not right,” Hazare wrote.

He said he had posed several questions to his pro-party associates but never got any answer.

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Hazare also said that he was confident the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 will force the government to pass the Lokpal Bill. “I am confident that the government will have to pass the Lokpal Bill before 2014. There were no polls in August 2011 but now Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to take place 2014. It will force them to pass the Bill,” he wrote.

Hazare cautioned voters of “any party” using his name for garnering votes. “As the elections will come many political parties will try to misuse my name to gain votes. They will try to link me with their party and will try to misuse the name of the movement. But people should not believe them. The movement will remain a movement,” Hazare said.

In the blog post,Hazare also emphasised that he does not have funds to run his future movement and hoped that if people contribute monetarily,even if in a small way,he would not feel any crunch of funds.

“Today,I don’t have any money as I never kept any bank balance. We need an office in Delhi to co-ordinate the movement but we are not able to open it because we do not have any money. All the money that was collected during Jantar Mantar and Ramlila protests was with the India Against Corruption. I never kept even Rs 5 with me. I wanted it to be spent only on the agitation. But if people support me with small donations such as Rs 5 and Rs 10,we will never feel any crunch for funds. We are planning to open an office in Delhi for better co-ordination of the workers coming from different regions,” he said.

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