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Anna returns to blogging, introduces a fresh agenda

delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2011 18:09 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare returned to blogging on Tuesday, the first day of the winter session of Parliament, though without mentioning anything about the Lokpal Bill, which he wants cleared by the central legislature without losing time.

Instead, he spoke about honesty in public life, rural development, Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy and the development of Ralegan Siddhi, his village.

"Curbing corruption and creating ideal villages will provide a new direction to the country," Hazare said.

"The agitation which took place on April 5 and August 16 have inspired many people."

Many people volunteered to devote their lives to the task of creating ideal villages, he added.

"People with good character have to be chosen. We will send out our trusted people to do their inspection and selected people will have to undergo three months' training."

About a month ago, Hazare started blogging to establish communication with the masses on the bill.

He wrote blogs even when he was observing maun vrata, a phase of silence. However, he stopped after differences with his blogger Raju Parulekar, a freelance journalist who made allegations against some Team Anna members.

Parulekar was blamed for disclosing Hazare's plans to reconstitute Team Anna, an issue discussed at the group's Ghaziabad meeting on October 29.

Team Anna members Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal then came to Ralegan Siddhi and complained against Parulekar when Hazare was in maun vrata.

Sources close to Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi said he had not yet finalised a new blogger. However, his writing is being screened by close associate Suresh Pathare and Kejriwal.