Anna ready to campaign for Kejriwal against Sibal

      Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said he would back RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal if he contested the elections against Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal from the Chandni Chowk constituency of New Delhi. "I will back Arvind if he contests elections. And, if he stands against Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk, I will personally campaign for him," he said. The veteran social activist also ruled out having any differences with Kejriwal.

"I have no differences with Arvind. Arvind and I have adopted different paths, but our mission is the same. I had decided a long time ago that I wouldn't contest elections. I met Arvind and Manish Sisodia today. We discussed an amicable parting of ways," said Hazare. Arvind Kejriwal earlier today downplayed 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 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, who has so met with the volunteers and other social activists, further said that he has received overwhelming support against graft. "Lakhs of people have written to us extending lifelong support. We must selflessly focus on making India free from corruption. We exhort people from all walks of life to participate in our movement," said Hazare.

"70 IAS, IPS officers, army men want to join our movement. We will call such top notch officers to join our movement. We need to ensure that our movement grows stronger with the help of such officers. Once when we have trained everyone, then we will chalk out the future course of action. We will create state coordination committees," he added. 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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