Social activist Anna Hazare re-emerged on Monday to further his fight against corruption with a new-look team, which will feature former army chief General VK Singh. Hazare said they did not intend to form a political party, nor will they work as a “remote control of any other party”.
Hazare’s former aide and India Against Corruption (IAC) leader, Arvind Kejriwal, had recently formed a political party following which the social activist had disbanded the erstwhile Team Anna.
“We will set out for a nationwide tour after January 30  to sensitise people of this country to vote for a candidate with good character,” said Hazare.
Singh, who retired as the army chief earlier this year, said all political parties, including the Opposition, are not considering the people’s interests.
“The elected representatives are peoples’ servants and if they are not serving for peoples’ interests, then people have the right to dissolve them from their positions,” he said.
Hazare and Singh released a joint statement, which read: “If India has to move from being a welfare state to a neo-liberal state, then how would it be decided and who will take this decision? Can this decision be taken by the government, or a few political parties? The answer obviously would be ‘No.’ Only the people of our great country are empowered to take this decision.”
The statement also highlighted issues such as exploitation of country’s natural wealth by corporate companies, farmers’ distress, and the plight of underprivileged sections of society like Dalits, tribals and Muslims.
Hazare said that they were receiving thousands of applications from people who want to join them in the fight against corruption.
“We are currently scrutinising all those. We should be ready with the name of the new movement, committee members and rules by Diwali,” said Hazare.
According to Singh, his campaign with Hazare to sensitise voters will help in bringing candidates with good character in limelight. “We will ask people to vote on three parameters. Image (Chhabi), Capability (Kshamata) and Ability to Serve (Seva bhav),” he said.