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Anna wants tribals,Dalits,youth in panel

Anna Hazare said he planned to give representation to all sections of society

In yet another shift on revamping the core committee of his team,Anna Hazare today said he planned to give representation to all sections of society such as religious minorities,tribals,Dalits and the youth.

“When the core committee was formed,there were complaints from some sections that they were not given representation. With the new core committee,there will be no room for such complaints,” Hazare said in Ralegan Siddhi.

At the time of his Ramlila protest,SC/ST groups had complained that Team Anna’s agenda had no space for minorities.

Hazare declined to give a time frame for the new core committee. It was more important to have people of high integrity as members than concentrating on the time taken to formulate it,he said.

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A week ago,amid talk of a revamp in the core committee following allegations against several of its members,Team Anna had said that the current panel would stay,that they would formulate a new “constitution” and that changes would be made in accordance with it.

Over the weekend,there was a war of words between Hazare and his blogger Raju Parulekar,with the latter posting an ‘earlier’ post in which the activist said he wanted to revamp the panel. Hazare said these were not his final views.

Today,Hazare said he wanted the new committee to also be a lot “younger” than the present one. His aide Dada Pathare said the situation had changed from two and a half months ago when the core committee was formed. “They did a very good job,but the situation has changed. The goals have widened and there is a need to increase the scope of the core committee,” Pathare said.

Hazare said the Congress was targeting his team out of fear. “Unka khaana band ho jayega (They will not be able to continue taking bribes).”