Survey says 76% favour political party: IAC

With Anna Hazare cold-shouldering its plan to launch a political party,the India Against Corruption Monday claimed that 76 per cent of the people it has surveyed are in favour of such a move

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 12:48 am

With Anna Hazare cold-shouldering its plan to launch a political party,the India Against Corruption Monday claimed that 76 per cent of the people it has surveyed are in favour of such a move.

Of the 7,37,041 people surveyed,according to the IAC,5,61,701 favoured the idea of party while 1,75,340 — about 24 per cent — thought otherwise.

The announcement comes a day after Hazare — whose reservations about forming a political party had necessitated the internet-SMS and on-spot surveys — reiterated that he was not in favour of a party and said that now on the anti-corruption movement would be co-ordinated by his NGO Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas (BVJAN),which would be restructured for the purpose,rather than the Public Cause Research Foundation,the NGO of Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia.

Hazare is set to visit Delhi Tuesday and meet volunteers of the IAC faction that was sidelined for raising questions about Arvind Kejriwal’s style of running the organisation. Some of them also met Hazare at his Ralegan Siddhi home a few days ago. In fact,it was in an address to them that Hazare clearly spelt out his opposition to the idea of a political party. Before arriving in Delhi,Hazare will meet “Team Anna 2” in Pune.

When asked about these developments,Sisodia claimed the proposed restructuring of Hazare’s NGO was a move independent of the IAC. “Why does the address raise questions? The matter pertains to BVJAN so its address has been given out. Have you ever seen him give out the address of IAC for something that BVJAN is doing? There is no distancing,it is only mischievous speculation,” he said.

Sources in the IAC also claimed that Hazare’s decision to give out the address of his NGO in Ralegan as the headquarters of his movement is a result of the “ego hassles” that some of his old associates have with Team Kejriwal.

BVJAN’s functionaries,they added,have been angry with Kejriwal for what they believed was his insistence to keep them away from the failed fast in Mumbai and have been urging Hazare to distance himself first him and his proposed political platform.

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