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.

3 Responses to "Rift in Team Anna increasing"

  1. Debashree alias Sumi B Raja  October 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    All citizens are with anti corruption movement as it is in the interest of the country. But how the same confidence on the team will sustain if u advocate partision of the nation from the same platform justifying it as ur personal opinion. Today prashant is with gilani, tomorrow he may be with paresh barua as he is too keen to express his freedom of expression on his own mother. How do u expect the citizens to respond to the anti national animals who supports in favour of getting their own mother naked and killed?

  2. anando mushahary  October 22, 2011 at 07:49 PM

    It is natural that there will be different opinions and likings in a democracy. But the main objective of Team Anna Hazare is to fight againt uncontrolled corruption. If some of the supporters leave the field in the name of partisan spirit then I think they are trying to protect the corrupt political leaders. Do you support the corrupts or you want good people to control the corrupts? The choice is yours – to allow corruption or to stop corruption. The politicians who are corrupt is taking this advantage – the rift among the co-workers of Team Anna Hazare???…Anando

    • Debashree alias Sumi B Raja  October 25, 2011 at 03:29 PM

      Without members each team members’ integrity and patriotism, the movement can’t sustain. They themselves r inviting trouble and playing with the sentimemt of lakhs of people by giving controvesial statement like the corrupt politicians. ‘vande mataram’ slogan and advocation of partision of the country from the same plateform can’t be accepted. It bring questiön on their intention in the long run


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