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Need Anna float a political outfit?

The India Against Corruption (IAC) has launched a massive multi-pronged online and on-road referendum to know people’s opinion whether Anna should float a political outfit.

lucknow Updated: Sep 16, 2012 12:42 IST
HT Correspondent

The India Against Corruption (IAC) has launched a massive multi-pronged online and on-road referendum to know people’s opinion whether Anna should float a political outfit.

Apart from seeking opinion through SMSes, an awareness campaign has also undertaken ahead of the plans to float the proposed outfit next month.

The official twitter handle of IAC, as well as its official website has asked people the question, “Should Annaji provide a political alternative to the country? Reply yes or no to this tweet. Similarly, an SMS is also being circulated carrying the same message seeking yes or no.

On Saturday, a rally was carried out in the state capital to further the purpose. Hundreds of IAC volunteers on two-wheelers, jeeps and auto-rickshaws traversed along city roads generating awareness regarding forming the political outfit. The rally started from KD Singh Babu Stadium, went past the university road, IT College towards Kapoorthala.

Here it moved towards Badshah Nagar and took the right turn near polytechnic crossing. After passing through Lohia Path, Shaharaganj, it finally culminated near Halwasia market in Hazratganj.

The volunteers interacted with people and sought their opinion regarding the proposed political outfit. Besides, pamphlets carrying messages by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal were also circulated. “We want to know what people think about the party. The referendum collected will then be sent to Delhi,” Aruna Singh, an activist said.

A link has also been tweeted which goes to a web page which puts up two questions — Do you have any hope from the existing political parties and Should Annaji provide a political alternative to the country?? The IAC has also begun orientation classes in the state capital.

Workshops are being organised aimed at keeping volunteers updated with the minimum necessary knowledge for being part of a party, when launched. Experts would train volunteers on Constitution of India, human rights, history and the functioning of government and legal system of the country besides disseminating lessons on Right to Information Act.

“Although the minimum prerequisite qualification for being part of a political party should be taught in schools. But since the existing system does not have it, so we had to begin it,” Vaibhav Maheshwari, activist said.