Rift in Team Anna increasing


By- Correspondent | Date- October 20, 2011

The core group of India against Corruption (IAC), better known as Team Anna, now appears to be a group against itself.

Two members namely Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh and Gandhian P.V. Rajagopal have already quit the core team, stating discontent over the team’s turning political. The Hisar by-poll where “Team Anna” campaigned against the congress was considered as the movement turning political with Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders openly campaigning against the congress party.

After Rajendra Singh and P.V. Rajagopal, it now looks likely that Delhi Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao, founding leader of the group might quit from the India against Corruption group. This, as understood from sources is because the Catholic leader is a leader of a community that has its representatives in all political groups. He therefore cannot join in political propaganda for or against any political party.

As per sources, other religious leaders such as Mahmood Madani, Syed Rizvi and Syed Shah Fazlur Rahman Waizi also have reservations against the “Team Anna” movement getting a political shape. They are also understood to have growing differences with other members of the group, especially Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi.

Justice N. Santhosh Hegde another important member of the IAC has distanced himself from the meetings of the group, as reported by sources.

It is to be mentioned that one of the founding leaders, social activist Swami Agnivesh has already quit from the group after he was accused of secretly working against the team itself.

Another member of Team Anna, Akhil Gogoi from Assam has been voicing strongly against the Congress party and had actively appealed people of the state to vote against the party in last state elections.

On the other hand, core member of the Team Anna, Arvind Kejriwal has stated yesterday that although they are “talking in political terms”, they have no political ambitions and their goal is to only ensure that Jan Lokpal becomes comes into effect during the coming winter session of parliament.

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