Anna opposes forming political party

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New Delhi, Sep 15: Coming out clear on his stand in regard to formation of a political party, as part of his anti-graft movement, Anna Hazare on Friday, Sep 14, said politics "will not bring change". He further added that a large section of people believe there was no need to form a party or contest elections, to make his movement against corruption successful.

Hazare told his supporters in Maharashtra's Ralegan Siddhi that he was not into forming party or contest polls. Moreover, his supporters also don't want him to form a political party and turn into a politician.

Hazare's latest comment is in sharp contrast with a section of erstwhile Team Anna members, led by Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal is currently conducting a survey to get public response regarding formation of a party. The erstwhile Team Anna is divided over the movement taking a political plunge.

In a video posted in social networking sites, Hazare spoke the need for sending "good and honest" people to Parliament and increasing the vote percentage to 90 per cent for achieving this.

"How will we achieve this? We are not into party or groups. The movement will remain movement. The members of the movement will remain as they are. The change that will come through movement, politics will not bring that change. I am coming to this conclusion," he said in the video.

"... Some people are saying that a party should be formed. But to a large extent, many people are saying that it is not right to form a party or contest elections. There are discussions in this regard," he added.

In the video, Hazare stressed that Jai Prakash Narayan or Vinoba Bhave did not enter politics but ensured that their movements bring change to the country.

He appealed to various movements in the country to join hands to form a formidable force and ensure that good people enter Parliament. "There is no need to look at party or group for this," he said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies)

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