Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in a war cry of sorts, had launched a campaign against the Congress in the Hisar Lok Saba by-election scheduled for Oct 13 seeking people to refrain from voting for the Congress that had refused to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill into existence.
But there are reports of back room negotiations or so claimed by activist Arvind Kejriwal who stated that the Congress had approached Anna Hazare to end the cold shoulder meted out to the party. Kejriwal said, "Nobody has approached me but I think some people (from Congress) have been approaching Anna ji and some people went to meet him yesterday (Saturday)."
With Team Anna out in full force to bring more pain to the Congress in the Hisar by-election, Kiran Bedi and Kejriwal are spearheading the campaign. Kejriwal has ruled out any sort of compromise with the Congress and are ready to soften their stand only if they commit to pass the Jan Lokpal bill.
Treating the Hisar by-election as a referendum on Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal, representing Team Anna said, "There can't be a compromise as we need a strong Lokpal Bill. I appeal to people of Hisar to give befitting reply to Congress in the by-election."
The Hisar by-election was required after former chief minister and sitting MP Bhajan Lal's death in June.