Team Anna, which is demanding the Parliament to pass the Jan Lok Pal Bill, seems to be developing cracks with a section led by former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde and social activist Swami Agnivesh insisting that Anna should call off his fast now.
Both Hegde and Swami Agnivesh are part of the Anna Team while Hegde is also a member of the joint drafting committee on Lok Pal Bill. Both of them strongly disapproved of Mr Hazare insisting on having his way in Parliament and asked him to give up his fast which has now entered the 11th day.
While Hegde expressed his unhappiness saying “I feel I am not in Team Anna any more by the way things are going”, Swami Agnivesh said that any appearance of threat to Parliament is unbecoming of a Gandhian.
“This is the right moment to call off the fast,” said both of them in strongest of the terms.
Vinod Metha attacks coterie around Anna
Mr Vinod Metha, well known journalist and editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘Outlook’ said the coterie around Anna has been playing with the life of the Gandhian while asking the Government to accept absurd demands.Mr Mehta said in a statement in Delhi today that the coterie is playing a dangerous game in the name of people’s power and appealed to all right thinking people to speak up against the coterie. He accused the coterie of leading the nation and Anna Hazare on collision course.
Former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma also said the continuation of the Gandhian’s fast may not appear reasonable any more and asked him to give up his fast. Actress and social activist Shabana Azmi also called on the Gandhian to give up his fast immediately.