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Fight is for changing system, not power: Team Anna

Agencies  New Delhi, August 03, 2012
First Published: 13:54 IST(3/8/2012) | Last Updated: 16:28 IST(3/8/2012)

Team Anna on Friday said its political alternative will not compromise on corruption, holding their fight is for changing the system and not power.

"Anna is a hero of people. How long he can remain deaf to the voice of people? He has taken a decision to challenge the political class," a statement posted on the India Against Corruption website said.

"Now Team Anna is ready to enter the battlefield of politics. Now Team Anna is ready to enter the battleground to take on government. Anna has said that he will not dilute his beliefs. The political alternative that will come up will not compromise on corruption. This fight is not for changing power but changing system," it said.

It said political parties continue to say that Anna and his supporters will not be able to win elections and to counter such claims, it is necessary to talk about political alternative.

"Team Anna has sounded the bugle to enter the political battlefield and take on political parties. Now people have to take a decision whether the corrupt system will continue to exploit you or support a right alternative," it said.

Swami Agnivesh has slammed out at Team Anna for deciding to break its fast and go political, according to report.

"Anna has broken the sanctity of 'anshan' (fast). Anshan is always the last option. This is a black day," Agnivesh said.

However, a word of caution came from Medha Patkar, a member of Team Anna's Core Committee who made a single appearance at the Jantar Mantar protest this time.

"One has to ensure that people who are awakened remained so and one has to think a 100 times before taking a plunge into electoral politics. If he joins politics, then the momentum gained should not be lost. When people with noble intentions join politics, either they don't last long or they don't achieve much," she said.

Team Anna member Kiran Bedi defended the move, saying Hazare's call is that he will help identify good and ethical people so that they could make it to politics.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan said they were taking this step reluctantly but people have been telling them why don't they work for providing a political alternative.

Activist Manish Sisodia, whose fast entered tenth day, said, the ball is now in people's court on how this fight can be taken to Parliament.

"It will happen by forming a party or with the help of individuals or some other way will emerge. People are sending their suggestions. The bottomline is that this mission needs to be taken to Parliament from streets," Sisodia said.

VK Singh to share dais with Anna

Former Army chief Gen VK Singh will share dais with Anna Hazare and offer juice to the 74-year-old activist to break his six-day long fast.

Singh, who had locked horns with the government on the issue of his age, will arrive at Jantar Mantar this evening where Hazare and his aides are on a fast.

Gen Singh will offer juice to Hazare to break his fast, Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan told protesters in New Delhi on Friday afternoon.

Singh was among 21 others who yesterday appealed to Team Anna to end their stir contending that their energies are needed for reforming the existing political system.

They also appealed to Hazare and his associates to take up the challenge to "democratise and decentralise" power while accusing the government of stonewalling the demands of the civil society and even alleged that the Opposition did not fare well on this score.

"We call upon Shri Anna Hazare and all his associates who have been on an indefinite fast to give up on their expectations from this establishment.

"Instead we call upon them to focus their energies on creating an alternative political force that is democratic, accountable, ethical and non-violent and capable of leading an electoral revolution to democratise and decentralise power and make the power structures of the country more accountable to the people," the eminent persons had said.

(With PTI inputs)

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