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Anna says he thought of changing team, warns against rumours

delhi Updated: Nov 05, 2011 20:38 IST

As a new controversy broke out over his unpublished blog on restructuring his team, Anna Hazare today admitted that he had thought of changing his team many times but said nothing should be inferred till he announces a final decision.

"I have thought of changing my team many times as I heard about the allegations again and again. But you cannot say anything till I announce my decision," he said.

"I used to feel that allegations which people made against Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan were true. That was why I was thinking, should I make some changes in the Team... But now I have understood that crores of rupees have been spent to tarnish our image," he said.

Hazare, who said he will block his blog soon after he reaches Ralegan Siddhi, suspected that there was a conspiracy against him and his team.

Asked whether the letter posted in the website was his, Hazare said, "if there is my signature in the letter, then only you consider it as a mine. If the signature is not there, then its not mine."

The fall-out between Hazare and Raju Parulekar , his blogger, came as the Gandhian claimed that he never ever spoke to the journalist or met him on the issue of re-structuring of Core Committee and forming a new Pan-Indian organisation with immediate effect.

Parulekar posted his version as well as an unpublished blog by Hazare in Marathi along with its English translation in the Gandhian's blog on Saturday morning, claiming that he had not uploaded an order dictated by Hazare after October 30 following a core committee meeting asking to hold the Core Team.

Reacting to Parulekar's claim, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said, "it appears that someone had a bigger game plan and it has got exposed just in time.

"Nature has helped us in many ways. Anna's movement is a national movement with national objectives which have to be achieved if the future of our country is to be secured from entrenched vested interests," she said.

Former Team Anna member Swami Agnivesh said he was surprised at the decision of Hazare to shut down the blog.

"The issue is whether the handwriting in the letter uploaded on the blog is of Anna. If it is Anna's then there is no need for his signature," he said.

When pointed about Parulekar's allegations that Team Anna members were undemocratic, Agnivesh said there were "certain lacunae" in the team which should be sorted out soon.

"There should be self-criticism among team members," he said.