New army for Anna, but where's the general?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 11, 2012 00:33 IST
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    Kiran Bedi smiles as Anna Hazare raises slogans after addressing a press conference in New Delhi. HT/Gurinder Osan

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    Anna Hazare raises slogans with his team members in New Delhi. PTI/Shahbaz Khan

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    Anna Hazare speaks during a press conference called to announce his new team in New Delhi. HT/Sonu Mehta

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    Anna Hazare is seen during a press conference in New Delhi. PTI/Shahbaz Khan

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    Kiran Bedi, member of Anna Hazare's team, speaks during a press conference in New Delhi. HT/Sonu Mehta

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    Anna Hazare, along with his new core committee members, addresses a press conference in New Delhi. HT/Sonu Mehta

  • Anna Hazare addresses a press conference in New Delhi as Medha Patekar, Kiran Bedi and Akhil Gogoi look on. HT/Gurinder Osan

  • Anna Hazare reads during a meeting with his core committee members at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. PTI/Shahbaz Khan

  • Social activist Anna Hazare is seen during a meeting with his core committee members at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. PTI/Shahbaz Khan

Social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday announced a new-look "apolitical" team that included some of his old colleagues who did not join former aide Arvind Kejriwal's political outfit.

Former army chief General VK Singh, however, is yet to formally join the group.

"Today, there was a meeting among 13 old members of our group for over five hours. Soon, there will be a national campaign against corruption. I will start a nationwide tour from January 30, 2013," Hazare said.

Asked whether he had invited General Singh to the meeting, Hazare replied: "I had sent an invite to General Singh, but he could not attend due to some problem. He will meet me later."

The first list of committee members did not include the names of activists PV Rajagopal, Rajinder and Devender Sharma, who were associated with the erstwhile Team Anna.

Hazare, however, announced the constitution of a 15-member coordination committee, which included Justice Santosh Hegde, Kiran Bedi, Medha Patkar and Akhil Gogoi.

Former Punjab police chief Shashikant and former IAS officer Avinash Dharmadhikari were the new faces in the team.

Hazare said that within a month, the coordination committee would be expanded through the inclusion of around 40 additional members.

On the controversy surrounding the use of the 'India Against Corruption (IAC)' title, Hazare said he would like to avoid a confrontation with Kejriwal's party.

However, he would take the title if Kejriwal chooses to give it, the activist added.

 

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