A meeting of India Against Corruption (IAC) is underway in the capital to discuss the future course of the anti-corruption movement after its chief proponent Anna Hazare admitted the rift between him and Arvind Kejriwal over forming a political party Tuesday.
“The meeting is attended by Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, Santosh Hegde, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and a few other prominent social activists,” Aswathi Muralidharan, IAC media coordinator, told IANS.
Anna Hazare Tuesday said he did not support the idea of anti-corruption movement taking a political plunge and told Kejriwal that he should not expect his support for all his candidates.
Last month, two prominent social activists – Medha Patkar and Santosh Hegde – questioned the idea of certain IAC members about floating a political party.
“Kejriwal is free to launch a political party if he wants. Our destination is common, only the paths are different. We have one single aim. This (rift) is not like (what happens with) political parties.”
“He (Kejriwal) will go his way and I will go mine. I have always stated that I don’t want to form a political party and contest elections. My path is different,” Hazare said Tuesday in Pune.
The social activist’s declaration that he would neither contest elections nor form a political party effectively threw cold water on a “referendum” by IAC, the results of which were released Monday.
According to IAC, its week-long survey attracted 737,041 respondents, of whom 561,701 (76 percent) favoured a political party while the rest were against the idea.