A key Team Anna member on Thursday demanded suspension of the core committee and sought its expansion to make it more representative against the backdrop of Congress leaders targeting it.
Kumar Vishwas shot off a letter to Hazare on the eve of core committee meeting, saying the leaders of the ruling party were targeting Hazare and each member of the core committee and trying to tarnish their public image and credibility.
"Such attacks and the subsequent clarifications will strengthen the conspiracy to divert the attention from the key issues...I request you to give greater representation to the core committee consisting of limited members and turn it into a hard-core committee comprising of 121 crore people.
"I once against urge you to suspend the present core committee and create a new system to enable us to see a corruption-free new India," Vishwas said in his two-page letter.
The letter comes a day before the crucial core committee meeting in Ghaziabad on Friday, which is being held against the backdrop of a series of allegations against key members like Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi as well as resignation of two prominent activists Rajinder Singh and PV Rajagopal citing the political turn taken by Hazare's anti-corruption movement.
Vishwas, a college lecturer and poet, said the personal attacks on core committee members by "corrupt forces" were a proof that these people were trying to "neutralise and hurt" people actively involved in the campaign for a strong Lokpal.
Such attacks would not only affect the Jan Lokpal issue but also hurt the confidence of crores of Indians, he said.
"Besides taking some misleading steps, the government has so far not taken any concrete action. While on one side the Prime Minister wrote a letter to you assuring you of necessary action on Lokpal, on the other side, leaders of the ruling party are trying their best to tarnish the public image and credibility of...each member of the core committee" including Hazare, he said.