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Kejriwal to give up 'IAC' name for Anna

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 11, 2012
First Published: 19:48 IST(11/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:52 IST(11/11/2012)

Two years after he had coined the term India Against Corruption (IAC), activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday decided to forgo it for his "guru", Anna Hazare.

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Kejriwal's announcement came a day after Hazare and his group had made it known that they would like to be known as IAC, since those who had political aspirations had parted ways.

Putting an end to the simmering controversy over the title, Kejriwal tweeted: "Anna is too dear to us. I have deepest respects for him. After launch of our party on November 26, we will not use the IAC name."

Kejriwal's move is aimed at keeping the channel with his one-time mentor, Hazare, open for future reconciliation.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said he considers Hazare as his "guru" and talks to him every day.

Hazare's colleague Kiran Bedi said their new team will collect donations in the name of IAC.

A statement issued by Hazare's group said the new committee announced by him will reinvigorate the IAC movement.


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