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Mixed feelings for Anna supporters at fast venue

Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 03, 2012
First Published: 01:15 IST(3/8/2012) | Last Updated: 03:22 IST(3/8/2012)

As Team Anna decided to wrap up operations at Jantar Mantar, where they had been camping since July 25, there were mixed feeling among the supporters.



Many people were of the opinion that the protest would once again be history the moment the campaigners left.

"The moment the team leaves the premises of Jantar Mantar, all will be forgotten. Their entry into politics will not be easy and the existing political parties will try to make the going as tough as they can," said Sumit Kumar, a protester at India Gate.

Some others, who had consistently followed Team Anna's progress, said that it had now become difficult to take them seriously.

"Team Anna has campaigned and rallied so many times that the government and some sections of the people find their cause very hard to believe now. This is perhaps why no one is taking them too seriously this time," said Mayank Chugh, a PhD scholar at a prominent university in the US.

Many people also were of the opinion that launching a political party will make them a part of the system they have so far been protesting against. Then there were those who felt that adopting a political stance would defile Anna Hazare's image as an anti-graft crusader.

However, others felt that the team's political presence would make a difference and their voices would be heard.

"There is no alternative other than Anna. Arvind Kejriwal should contest from New Delhi in 2014 and Kiran Bedi should contest from Chandni Chowk. That will send the right message," said Karan Jha, who studies political science at a Delhi University college.

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