Social activist Anna Hazare has begun a process of consultation with a cross-section of people on whether the political alternative that he is keen to provide should take the shape of a political party.
After his arrival from Ralegan Siddhi here on Tuesday, Mr. Hazare met anti-corruption movement volunteers, who believe that he should stay with the “andolan.” Mr. Hazare reiterated that he would neither form nor join any party. This will be followed by meetings in the States.
Among those who want to stay out of politics is Kiran Bedi.
On Wednesday, Mr. Hazare, along with India Against Corruption members Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and others in the anti-corruption team will participate in a day-long process of consultation with media persons, retired judges and prominent citizens.
“This shows dilemma, not differences,” said an andolan worker, adding that the question of whether the movement should convert itself into a party or not has been prevailing for long.
A survey conducted by IAC through SMSs, Facebook and door-to-door interviews revealed that 76 per cent of people want the anti-corruption movement to take the form of a political party.