Speculation is rife that all is not well in Team Anna’s paradise. The leader, Anna Hazare, reviving his till-now-little known Bhrashtacharvirodhi Jan Andolan (BJA) while almost completely distancing himself from Arvind Kejriwal’s party plan, may be proof enough.
So far, Hazare’s anti-corruption agitation has been synonymous with his team member Kejriwal’s outfit India Against Corruption (IAC), whose volunteers have been rising to occasion on Hazare’s calls.
Now, with Kejriwal about to float a political party on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti), Hazare, who disbanded his team on August 6, plans to recast the two-decade old outfit to carry on his ‘Jan Andolan’.
The IAC claims it has mass support to form a political party. But while Kejriwal continued to flex his muscles in New Delhi, BJA volunteers gathered at Ralegan Siddhi on Sunday and endorsed Hazare’s views.
Suresh Pathare, Hazare’s aide, told HT from Ralegan Siddhi that workers had decided not to provide any political alternative in the current situation. “This has been our stand for years and we do not want to deviate from this.”
Hazare is scheduled to meet Kejriwal in Delhi on Wednesday, but will stay away from a two-day meeting called by him.
Hazare’s Jan Andolan is set to undergo major changes, too. Pathere said there would be only a convener for every district and no office bearer. Simultaneously, Hazare’s office is scrutinising around 1,000 applications for full time volunteers.