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Ill-health clouds Anna’s poll campaign plan

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said the next course of action would be decided only after Hazare is discharged from hospital.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2012 01:53 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s ill-health has put his plans of campaigning against the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in uncertainty.

While residents of Hazare’s native village Ralegan Siddhi want him to follow the doctors’ advice of a month-long rest, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said the next course of action would be decided only after Hazare is discharged from hospital.

“Hazare’s health is most important. We will consider the doctors’ advice, Anna’s views and the core committee’s opinion before arriving at any decision,” said Kejriwal, who flew down to Pune to meet Hazare.

Kejriwal said a meeting of Team Anna’s core committee would be called once Hazare is in a position to sit and spend time with the members.

Tension between Team Anna and Ralegan Siddhi residents was evident when Kejriwal and Suresh Pathare, Hazare’s close aide from his native village, briefed the media separately.

Asked about Hazare’s plan to campaign in the elections, Pathare said: “Anna has agreed to take a one-month rest.”

Doctors attending to Hazare said the activist was recovering fast and could be discharged in five days. They said Hazare had been advised to take a one-month rest and even restrict talking and meeting people.