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Team Anna in poll mode, to campaign in four states

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 09, 2012
First Published: 21:12 IST(9/1/2012) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(10/1/2012)

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare is likely to announce on Tuesday that his team will campaign for a strong lokpal bill in four of the five states bound for assembly elections in the coming weeks but will not name any political party.

The states where Team Anna is planning to campaign are Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa. The fifth state, Manipur, has been left out.

A decision to this effect was taken by Team Anna's core committee, which met here on Monday to discuss the next course of action.

Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan will travel to Hazare's village Relegan Siddhi in Maharashtra to apprise him of the outcome of the core committee's eight-hour meeting on Monday.

Kejriwal and Bhushan will travel to Hazare's village as the 74-year-old activist has been advised by doctors to rest for a month. Hazare's aides were tightlipped about their first meeting after their leader had abruptly called off his fast in Mumbai and suspended the Jail Bharo agitation on December 28.

"Anna will make the final announcement, possibly on Tuesday," Bhushan said.

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