Ex-servicemen, retd bureaucrats to ally with Anna Hazare?

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New Delhi, Sep 30: With a view to strengthening the crusade against corruption, Anna Hazare is trying to include erstwhile government employees in his movement.

The 75-year-old Gandhian recently parted ways with Arvind Kejriwal because the latter ignored his advice to remain apolitical. Anna believes that "Politics is not the right direction" for activists. "If politics will give us a bright future, then why India once called a golden bird had to mortgage gold?" he demanded to know.

However, those leading India Against Corruption do not concur with his views. They are going ahead with efforts to form a political party.

On the other hand, Anna is hoping to utilise the considerable experience of aged bureaucrats. Today he held discussions here with several ex-servicemen and retired officials.

According to sources, former Army chief VK Singh is playing a major role in this initiative. It remains to be seen whether he will joins hands with Anna.

Since yoga guru Baba Ramdev has allied with the Gandhian in the past, the coming together of Singh and Anna cannot be ruled out. If such a thing happens, probably the country will get to witness a new kind of agitation as Anna has made it clear that he will not observe any more fasts but instead stage stirs.

Anna is still pressing for the Lokpal Bill. Referring to the group led by Kejriwal, he rued: "Unfortunately, the movement has split even before we got the Bill. One wants to go political and the other wants to keep the movement alive."

Though he was once seen actively supporting leaders of India Against Corruption, Anna is now apparently suspicious of the same lot.

"As elections are nearing, some party will try to misuse my name to garner votes. They will try to associate myself with them. There will be misuse of movement's name. You should not trust all these. The movement will remain movement only. Because it is sacred," he stressed.

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