Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday denied having said he would change his aides Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal as negotiators with the government since their egos resulted in miscommunication during his 12-day fast in August.
In a written statement, Hazare stated he had been misquoted in his interview published in the New York Times (NYT) on Tuesday. "There is a good coordination among all the members of the core committee and the question of changing Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal does not arise. There are no differences among us," he said.
Hazare said he was asked by the NYT reporters that his team members include Bhushan, who is strongly opposed to economic liberalization and Kejriwal who is strongly critical of the Prime Minister.
"In reply to this question I had said if there are some weaknesses I will try to find out about them and if required, I will try to remove the shortcomings. It has been written that Prashant opposes economic liberalisation, even I do oppose the economic policies being followed today," Hazare said.
Demanding that the NYT should make available to him the audio tapes of his interview, Hazare said he would like to know where he had used the word "change" and how the reporters interpreted it.
“The reporters appear to have made a mistake in understanding what I had actually said and seem to have gone by their own interpretation in writing that I would change Arvind and Prashant,” the veteran activist said.
“I strongly deny this statement attributed to me and it is a complete lie…Attempts are being made to divide the civil society,” he said.
Lokpal panel seeks ex-CJIs’ view
Two persons have been The parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal Bill has sought the views of former Chief Justices of India (CJIs), justice MN Venkatachaliah and justice JS Verma on the complex issue of setting-up the anti-corruption watchdog.
Justice Venkatachaliah and justice Verma have been invited for giving their views on the Lokpal before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice at its meeting to be held during the next 8-10 days. HTC