Kiran Bedi, one of Team Anna‘s core committee members, was clearly as puzzled as the rest of the nation about anti- corruption activist Anna Hazare‘s surprise announcement that he would be disbanding the group.
Bedi who had remained silent for much of the day, used her Twitter account to convey her confusion:
Read Anna’s blog. Do not know what all it means? For we all had very useful preparatory meeting with Annaji wherein he gave useful guidance!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) अगस्त 6, 2012
In a post on his blog, Hazare wrote, “Today we have ended the work done by Team Anna. Team Anna was brought about in order to press for the creation of the Jan Lokpal. We have decided not to maintain any relations with the government. Because of this, from today all the tasks done under the name of Team Anna have ended and from now the Team Anna committee ceases to exist.”
The post comes a day after the group, consisting of anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal, Bedi, lawyer Prashant Bhushan and other members of Team Anna met with Hazare yesterday; reportedly to discuss the future of their political plans.
Her comment was in direct contrast to the statement made by Prashant Bhushan that Anna’s announcement was not a surprise and was the ‘logical next step’ in the movements transition to a political one.
In his blog post, Hazare said that while offering a political alternative to people, he had placed the various problems of forming a political party before them and was seeking their answers on possible solutions.
“If this is done (the political alternative is achieved) then I will travel the country for the next one and a half years and will awaken the nation’s people. I will appeal to people to choose candidates with ideal characteristics to be sent to the Lok Sabha,” he wrote.
Pointing out that they had sought the creation of a Lokpal multiple times without any result, Hazare wrote that the struggle for the creation of a Jan Lokpal was not over.
Bedi did not respond to questions on her Twitter feed, and has not tweeted after making her original statement. However she has not deleted her previous post either, which could be her way of letting the public know of her unhappiness with the decision.
She’s not the only one.
Key Team Anna member N Santosh Hegde also appeared to be in disagreement with Anna Hazare‘s decision to disband the team, which he said could have “gone on” to create a mass awareness on corruption and maladministration without resorting to the path of fasting.
“I feel sorry (about the decision to disband the team) for the reason that the movement started by Anna for a strong Lokpal was the need of the hour…It (the movement spearheaded by Team Anna) had progressed sufficiently and controversy or difference of opinion in regard to whether Team Anna should contest elections or not is unfortunate and which must have led to Anna disbanding the team,” the former Supreme Court judge said reacting to Hazare disbanding the team.