Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra): Unhappy with the manner in which the anti-corruption
movement has been floundering for the past few months, its chief
proponent Anna Hazare has decided to take some drastic steps to
put it back on track, an official said here Monday.
For starters, Hazare has cast his net wider by inviting 35 top
social workers from all over India for confabulations on how to
strengthen and take forward the movement, the official said.
"Tomorrow, he will meet around half a dozen prominent social
figures in Pune, followed by a similar meeting in New Delhi
Wednesday," the aide, requesting anonymity told IANS.
At these meetings, Hazare is expected to make an appeal to these
personalities - each renowned in their respective sphere - to
either join or advise him on taking the anti-corruption crusade to
its logical end.
Some of the prominent persons who have been invited include:
Prakash Amte, Abhay Bang, Girish Prabhune, Suniti S.R., Medha
Patkar, Vishwambhar Choudhary, Surekha Dalwi, Ulka Mahajan, Bhau
Torsekar, Narendra Dabholkar, Jaywant Matkar and Avinash
While many have responded positively to the invitation, a few
others have cited prior commitments preventing them from attending
Hazare emphatically reiterated that he would not contest
elections, nor form a political party - throwing cold water on a
'referendum' by India Against Corruption (IAC), the results of
which were released this evening.
According to the IAC, its week-long survey attracted 737,041
respondents of whom 561,701 - 76 percent, favoured a political
party, while the rest, 175,340 - 24 percent were opposed to a new