Just a day after Team Anna's announcement about forming a party to bring a "political alternative", a group of Anna supporters in Surat burnt his posters. The agitators also burnt posters of India Against Corruption (IAC) on Saturday, Aug 4.
Anna and his team members called off their ten-day-long fast at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Friday. However, people were surprised to see that many supporters and volunteers, who have accompanied the team so far, did not turn up to the venue when Team Anna broke their fast. Sources also informed that many volunteers have already returned their identity cards withdrawing their support to the team in their decision of joining politics.
One of the supporters has been quoted as saying, "I'm against this decision. Anna should take it back. This is a movement and should remain that way."
Meanwhile, former Team Anna member and Karnataka Lokayukta, Santosh Hegde commented, "I don't support Anna Hazare and his team starting a political party. But I have heard Anna speaking on TV that he is neither forming a party nor contesting elections, but may support people wanting to contest elections whom he knows will help the cause of fight against corruption and bring about political change in the country."
Hegde further added, "If Team Anna members want to contest, let them do so. If we know the candidates' antecedents, then there is no harm in supporting them. They should have a clean image and fight elections individually without any support from political parties involved in corruption."
Team Anna member Arvid Kejriwal on Friday said, "We don't want to win elections...we want to challenge the existing parties." The team assured aam aadmi (common man) about the transparency in the party.
"We will make all our donations and spending public and challenge other parties to do the same. Our candidates will be decided by people, we will challenge others to do the same," asserted Kejriwal while trying to convince people about their latest decision of launching the party.