Suspend core team, create new system to continue fight: aide to Anna

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 28 2011, 18:57pm hrs
Internal bickering refuses to die down in Team Anna as a key member has now written to the Gandhian asking his team's core committee be restructured.

Team Anna member Kumar Vishwas has demanded the core committee be suspended and sought its expansion to make it more representative.

Vishwas shot off the letter to Hazare on the eve of the team's core committee meeting, saying leaders of the ruling party were targeting Hazare and each member of the core committee and trying to tarnish their public image and credibility.

Such attacks and subsequent clarifications will strengthen conspiracy to divert attention from key issues... I request you to give greater representation to the core committee, which now consists of limited members... turn it into a hard-core committee comprising 121 crore people.

I once again urge you to suspend the present core committee and create a new system to enable us to see a corruption-free new India, Vishwas said in his two-page letter.

The letter comes a day before the crucial core committee meeting in Ghaziabad tomorrow, which is being held against the backdrop of a series of allegations against key members like Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi.

Vishwas, a college lecturer and poet, said the personal attacks on the core committee members by corrupt forces were proof that these people were trying to neutralise and hurt people actively involved in the campaign for a strong Lokpal.

Such attacks would not only affect the Jan Lokpal issue but also hurt the confidence of crores of Indians, he said.

Besides taking some misleading steps, the government has so far not taken any concrete action. While on one side the Prime Minister wrote a letter to you assuring you of necessary action on Lokpal, on the other, leaders of the ruling party are trying their best to tarnish the public image and credibility of... each member of the core committee including Hazare, he said.