Anna Hazare not against Cong: Kiran Bedi

Social activist Anna Hazare has no political inclination as being alleged,according to Team Anna member Kiran Bedi.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 10, 2011 1:26 am

Social activist Anna Hazare has no political inclination as being alleged,according to Team Anna member Kiran Bedi. “Anna does not have any political inclination,but we will oppose all those political parties that oppose the Jan Lokpal Bill,” said Bedi,who was in the city on Sunday to address a conference on women’s health,organised by the Pune and Maharashtra chapters of the Indian Medical Association.

“We have nothing against any political party. Our entire movement is apolitical,as is very clear now. What Anna has envisioned is a strong Jan Lokpal free of political and bureaucratic interference so that it can function independently,” said Bedi and explained that Anna’s differences with the government stemmed from the matter of including some government organs,like the CBI,in the Lokpal purview. Bedi steered clear of naming any political party and tried to evade questions from the audience. Most of the questions asked by the crowd of about 400 doctors at the meet pertained to political parties and their varied responses to the Jan Lokpal bill.

Later,talking about the issue of women’s health,Bedi said,“It is very important for a woman to stay fit as the whole family depends on her. However busy I may be,I make it a point never to miss my morning exercise as it keeps me going throughout the day. One needs to monitor calories to stay fit.”

She believes her fitness mantra is to have just one meal a day,but one that is adequately balanced.

Bedi said that in the next phase of the Jan Lokpal movement in Hisar in Haryana,Team Anna will support all those who support the bill proposed by Anna,as it talks of powers vested with the people of the nation.

‘It was a courtesy call’

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre,who had on Saturday rushed to Anna Hazare’s village Ralegan Siddhi in an apparent bid to placate him,on Sunday said the activist was not anti-Congress. “Anna is not against the Congress. He may not be following the party ideology,but has been close to the party in the sense that he has not opposed the party’s policies in the last 25 years,” said Thakre.

In fact,recalled Thakre,when Indira Gandhi died,Anna had shunned footwear and his trademark cap during the mourning period. “This only reflects that Anna is not against the Congress. Our party has taken up Anna’s demand for placing the Jan Lokpal bill in the Winter Session of Parliament. And therefore I gave a courtesy call to Anna.” Thakre said he would neither confirm nor deny anything Anna said on a number of issues including whether he had sought Sonia Gandhi’s intervention in the matter. There has been speculation that Anna has told Thakre he would shun campaigning against the Congress only if Sonia makes a promise on the Jan Lokpal bill.

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