Social sites abuzz with debate on Anna-Kejriwal parting
The parting of ways of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rocked the social networking sites on Wednesday night, with the latter's supporters questioning the veteran activist and taking potshots at him.delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2012 23:16 IST
The parting of ways of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rocked the social networking sites on Wednesday night, with the latter's supporters questioning the veteran activist and taking potshots at him.
After a marathon discussion during the day, Hazare parted with Kejriwal-led group opposing their plans to form a political party within one-and-half-year of coming together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement.
The first to hit Twitter was Kejriwal who said, "country is on sale. It is passing through very difficult phase. I will do everything possible for me to save my country."
Hazare supporter Kiran Bedi hit back on Twitter, "Feel Anna was being expected to support political option when he was never inclined. Was it a case of misjudgement on the part of some?"
However, the India Against Corruption's Twitter handle continuously retweeted several tweets which were critical of Hazare's decision.
In reference to Hazare's stand that he does not go by surveys on Internet, one tweet which was retweeted by IAC read, "only 5,000 people voted on Facebook but five lakh plus missed calls. How can u say it is a facebook survey?"
Another tweet said, "yes Anna Hazare not campaigning is a setback but that doesn't change the fact that people want a credible political option" while other advised Hazare, "unless Anna comes up with a workable strategy for non political movement, I am with a political option if it exists."
A post aimed at Hazare tweeted a quote "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. -(Quote for Annaji)".
Giriraj Kishore, an ex registrar of IIT-Kanpur who today attended the meeting to decide on taking a decision on movement, said the overall mood of the discussions was that the movement should remain united and should reach a fruitful conclusion.
"A section of those in meeting said Hazare was exploited by some people in the movement. But this is not true. If Anna has given his name to the movement, people here have made the Anna what he is now. They built the image of Anna," he said.