India Against Corruption (IAC), the organisation Anna Hazare was leading for the last 18 months is in damage control mode. After Hazare declared in his latest blog that Team Anna and the core committee stood dissolved as its job was over, IAC said the committee was disbanded as it has met its ‘focused responsibility’.
According to IAC, the core committee was formed to negotiate Lokpal Bill with the government. Since the movement for Lokpal has now become a movement for total revolution, said IAC, the core committee met its focused responsibility.
IAC said that to prepare for the next phase of the movement, a ‘preparatory committee’ is underway. “This would be very inclusive. It would include people with mass base and representing various sections and movements. Names are yet being discussed. This committee would only prepare a plan for the next phase of the movement,” said a statement issued by IAC.
In his latest blog, Hazare repeated his concerns about the political alternative announced by IAC — chances of candidates getting corrupt after tasting power and the use of money power in politics. Hazare emphasised that he would not hold any position in the political alternative and would not contest elections. His role, he maintained, would be to help people selecting honest candidates.
Many see it as an indication of Hazare’s aide Arvind Kejriwal taking a bigger and pro-active role in the political alternative in the making.
Various Team Anna members including Akhil Gogoi, justice Santosh Hegde and Medha Patkar has expressed displeasure over the decision of entering electoral politics.