'Team Anna's real intent now stands exposed', says Ambika Soni
New Delhi, Aug 2 (ANI): Union Information Minister Ambika Soni said here on Thursday that the real intention of Team Anna stands exposed today following their statements indicating their intention to form a political party.
Ambika Soni said that a few of the members in the government always felt that Anna team were inching towards active politics.
"We always said that Anna Hazareji's people, who were supporting him, were always inspired by politics. This was indicated by many of the stances they took and a large number of incidents. We realized that they swere working on a political agenda when they spoke about Members of Parliament, criticizing all of them and others holding constitutional posts" said Soni.
Ambika Soni further said Team Anna is welcome to form its own political party and contest the elections.
"I am glad it has come out in the open today. Now people know that this is really what they wanted, to set up a political party and to come and fight elections. This is a good thing. If they want to change the system, they must know how hard it is to be a public servant," she said.
Asserting that power should rest with the people in a true democracy, veteran social activist Anna Hazare earlier today reiterated that there is nothing wrong in forming a political party.
Addressing his supporters at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Hazare said power should be with the people of the country.
"In a true democracy, power should be in the hands of the people. The power must be given to the public. Village land, village water belongs to the village. There is a government in Delhi, but in the village, we are the government. Village has the right over coal, water in the village," he said.
Hazare asked his supporters to dislodge those leaders, who don't give in to people's demand.
He, however, said that he himself would not enter politics.
"I will not get into politics. I will fight from the outside. You have to think who goes into a party. Do they have a good character? Such people only should be given a ticket. If you want to change the nation, form a party. But see who is going into that party. How will you monitor them? You have to think about that," said Hazare.
"The people who ask for your votes, whether they are right or wrong, should be monitored," he added.
The 75-year-old social activist also reiterated that the government is not serious on bringing a strong anti-graft bill to combat rampant corruption in the country.
"The government does not intend to bring in a strong Lokpal Bill," he said.
Amid growing concern over the failing health of Team Anna members, 22 eminent persons, including former Army chief V.K. Singh, urged the civil society activists to end their fast.
A group of prominent citizens have written to Anna Hazare, urging him to form a political party.
The letter from eminent persons raised the possibility of an end to the indefinite stir during the day with Hazare likely to announce the future course of action.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who read out the statement of solidarity from 22 prominent citizens of the country, said the government was not responding to the fast and was not paying heed to the protest.
"The government has turned its back to the agitation and has also not shown political will to punish corrupt people. The opposition also is not responsive. Do not expect anything from this political class," the letter says.
"We request Anna Hazare and other fasting activists to channelise their efforts in setting up a political alternative, to give a responsive, democratic and non-violent system. Indian democracy needs a new direction. We request the people who are fasting to accept this historical challenge and call off their fast," it adds.
Delhi Police on Wednesday sent a letter to Team Anna, asking Kejriwal, Sisodia and Rai - to agree to end their protest and be hospitalized.
In its letter, the Delhi Police reminded Team Anna that in the affidavit submitted to it before the start of the agitation, there was a clause that said that the latter would be permitted to shift fasting team members to hospital if their medical condition turned critical.
The letter of the Delhi Police is based on the observations of a team of doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.
While Kejriwal, Sisodia and Rai have been sitting on indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar since July 25, Anna Hazare joined the fast on July 29.
Doctors have advised Kejriwal and Rai to get hospitalised as ketone levels in their body have increased, but the duo have refused to do so. (ANI)
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