Pune: Affirming his views on not forming a political party, social activist Anna Hazare today said floating a political outfit by his associate Arvind Kejriwal would mean “taking a different path” to reach the same goal of corruption free India.
“I have decided for myself not to form a political party or fight elections. But if Arvind floats one, it would mean taking a different path with the same goal of corruption free India,” Hazare told reporters here, when asked if creation of a political party by Kejriwal would mean a split between them.
Hazare, who was here to meet some activists to discuss the course of his movement, said if Kejriwal’s party fielded candidates of “clean character”, he would support them in elections.
“If Arvind’s party fields a proper candidate, we will support that particular person and not all of them,” he added.
The anti-graft crusader said he was going to hold a series of meetings with like-minded people as even if he did not enter electoral politics, there was a need to determine the direction of his movement and send good people to Parliament.
Hazare said he would undertake a nation-wide tour to seek direction to his movement by interacting with experienced social activists.
“The exercise has started with the Pune meeting and it will continue in Delhi where I am expecting 100-125 activists for discussion,” he added.
Hazare announced he would soon embark on a nationwide tour to create awareness on corruption and revive the anti-graft movement which has been floundering in recent months.
Indicating a growing rift within the anti-corruption movement he launched nearly two years ago, Hazare has cast his net wide to include prominent personalities with a clean image to join or advise his campaign.
Of the 35 top social personalities he has invited, he had meetings with half a dozen on Tuesday in Pune. He will meet more people in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Some of them are Prakash Amte, Abhay Bang, Girish Prabhune, Suniti S.R., Medha Patkar, Vishwambhar Choudhary, Surekha Dalwi, Ulka Mahajan, Bhau Torsekar, Narendra Dabholkar, Jaywant Matkar and Avinash Dharmadhikari.
While many have responded positively to the invitation, a few have cited prior commitments to keep away from Hazare for now.
Hazare’s declaration that he would neither contest elections nor form a political party effectively threw cold water on a ‘referendum’ by IAC, the results of which were released Monday.
According to IAC, its week-long survey attracted 737,041 respondents of whom 561,701 (76 percent) favoured a political party while the rest were against the idea.