Mumbai, Sept. 18: Anna Hazare today signalled a separate movement against corruption and made it clear he would not play any role in the party that colleague Arvind Kejriwal plans to float.
“I made it clear during the Delhi agitation that I will not form a political party or fight elections. If Arvind Kejriwal wants to float one, it is his decision, and he is free to do so. I will not play any role in selection of candidates but if there is a good candidate, we will support that person,” Hazare told a meeting of activists in Pune, months after disbanding Team Anna.
Asked if the remarks meant a split with Kejriwal, Hazare said: “It is a different path to reach the same goal of corruption-free India.”
The septuagenarian activist said he would not blindly support any candidate fielded by Kejriwal’s party and would do so only if the nominee was socially committed and a person of integrity and clean character.
Hazare insisted that politics and the movement could not go together. “Selfish people enter politics. If this anti-corruption battle has to be fought, it needs to be fought by being outside politics.”
The Gandhian plans to travel to Delhi where he is expected to meet over 100 like-minded activists to explore another anti-graft front.
The statement came a day after Hazare sent invites to 35 social activists from Maharashtra seeking their advice and support to fortify his movement.