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Anna Hazare gains new fan following - Maoists!

By Anita

Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Dec 12: With Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign gaining steam, he seems to be getting a fan following from strange quarters. The banned CPI (Maoist) is understood to have extended support to the campaign launched by Team Anna.

The revelation was made by top Maoist leader Vijay Kumar Arya alias Jaspal to the police during his interrogation. CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Abhay has been quoted as saying that he has “extended his support to Anna Hazare on the issue of corruption." He added that the outfit intends to focus on people's issues and expose the rampant corruption in the Centrally sponsored rural development schemes.

Abhay is touted as the successor to slain Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji. He is believed to be the brother of Kishenji and had vowed to take revenge for his brother's killing.

The other top Maoist leader, Arya revealed to interrogators that the outfit is “thinking of revitalizing the organisation by taking up people’s issues like corruption, farmers’ problems, BPL, Bataidar Bill, Indira Awas Yojana and other government sponsored rural development programmes."

Arya is a CPI (Maoist) central committee member and in-charge of the subcommittee on mass organisations. He felt that "these programmes were launched to benefit the common man but in the real sense are providing advantage to government officials and contractors."

The CPI (M) also plans to demand from the Centre and state governments to refix the land ceilings to be lowered in the greater interest of the society. Arya, who is also an Economics graduate stated that he plans to raise the issues "using constitutional means like demonstrations, processions, dharna, padyatra.” He is part of the Eastern Regional Bureau of the outfit comprising Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Assam and was arrested by forces in Apr 2011.

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