Kejriwal keen to continue relations with Anna

     RTI crusader and Indian Against Corruption (IAC) member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday downplayed the differences with Anna Hazare, saying there was no spat with the veteran social activist. Kejriwal, who was accompanied by fellow IAC activist Manish Sisodia during the meeting with Anna Hazare, said there is a need to fight against the rampant corruption collectively.

"Our relations with Anna Hazare will continue forever. We will always remain with Anna. We need to collectively fight graft. Our paths may be different, but all of us want to stamp out corruption," Kejriwal told mediapersons after meeting Hazare. "Anna has already said he will not support the political route to fight corruption. There are many routes to achieve our objective. We had come to say that no matter what he decides we will support it," he added. Anna Hazare, who is in Delhi to meet his supporters, had earlier on Sunday said entering politics was not the correct way to fight corruption.

"There was no cheating. I just said that politics is dirty and not the correct way to fight corruption. If politics would have been the right way towards the bright future of a country then why would have India mortgaged gold? Politics will not get development in the country," Hazare told media here. He further said their movement needs to reach out to villages and rural areas and they have to fight for changing the whole system. "We have to make this movement move forward from Delhi to villages. We still have one and a half years left. This movement has to reach villages and not just for bringing Jan Lokpal Bill but for changing the whole system of the country. We still have many things left like Jan Lokpal, right to reject, right to recall, right of village councils, rights of farmers and labourers," he added.

Hazare, however, denied reports of split with his team members, and said their path may be different, but their destination is the same, which is a corruption free country. "There is no rift between us. We may have taken different paths but our destination is the same, a corruption free India . We want to create a corruption free India . He (Arvind Kejriwal) also has the same ambition through politics and we also have the same ambition through movement. So, why should we fight?" said Hazare. Hazare in his blog on Friday launched a scathing attack at IAC member Arvind Kejriwal after he decided to go ahead with his decision to provide a political alternative to the people of the country. Team Anna suffered a vertical split with Hazare and some top activists choosing to part ways with the Arvind Kejriwal-led group, opposing their plans to form a political party.

Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and others want to form a political party and contest elections to usher in fundamental changes in the country's democratic structure. Hazare had staged a hunger strike against corruption that roused public ire against the government. Thousands took to the streets at his call, demanding for an anti-graft Lokpal (ombudsman) to tackle rampant graft.

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