Ralegan Siddhi, Oct 30: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday, alongwith senior Team Anna members, sent out a strong message saying the team was united and strong, and nobody could break it.
“Team Anna is very strong and no one can break it. There were talks about disbanding the Core Committee. I don't think it is right. If we flee the ground due to some allegations, then it will erode the credibility of the movement and it is not good for the movement. Don't bother about allegations.
“The Core Committee members will unitedly face the challenges and fight back. Our fight will be on till Jan Lokpal Bill is passed. In future, a Constitution will be framed for the movement...After framing the Constitution, the Core Committee will be revamped,” Hazare said.
The Constitution will have provisions on who can be the members of the Core Committee and Working Committee of the team and their character. Whoever indulges in wrongdoing will be dealt with according to the Constitution, Hazare said.
Hazare, in a written communication that was read out by Kejriwal at a press conference, said he did not find it right the clamour for disbanding the Core Committee.
Alleging that some people in government and Congress were trying to tarnish the image of his team and insult the movement, Hazare said, “Some people are trying to break our team by indulging in mudslinging. But this will not stop the movement.”
Hazare emphasised that there were no differences in the team which was as united as it was earlier and will remain so in future.
Hazare said some people were trying to mislead people and from beginning and Kejriwal-headed Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) was working as movement's secretariat.
He said on November 1, the accounts of the movement will be put on web site.
Prominent team members Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi, today had a long meeting with Hazare after which his statement was issued. This meeting took place a day after the Core Committee meeting in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh decided against disbanding the present team and going for a revamp.
Against the backdrop of controversy over Prashant Bhushan's advocacy of plebiscite in Kashmir, the Gandhian said there were many people in the Committee who believe in various ideologies.
“Members have their social and political view and many of them were working on several issues. They may have different opinions on issues. But the views of an individual member cannot be seen as Team Anna's views,” he said.
When asked whether Swami Agnivesh, who was ousted from the team, could return in the revamp, Kejriwal interpreted Hazare's gesture as “will think about it later”.