Two days after he denied any plan to “restructure” his team, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said he would set up a new core committee. “That [old] committee was only for two-and-a-half months. But the committee to be formed will be for a much longer period, with representation from the Dalit, Muslim and tribal communities,” Mr. Hazare told journalists in his village, Ralegan Siddhi, on Monday.
“Even youth will be well represented, as their presence on the committee is extremely necessary. Youth from different communities will be picked.” he said. “We will incorporate all sections so that nobody can complain that they were not given a chance.”
On Friday, while denying any plan to restructure the core committee, Mr. Hazare snubbed his official blogger, Raju Parulekar, for making an announcement on his behalf. The next day, Mr. Parulekar posted a hand-written letter, signed by Mr. Hazare, which talked about restructuring. He also alleged that Mr. Hazare had “made up his mind to get away from [Arvind] Kejriwal, [Kiran] Bedi and Prashant Bhushan and their pawns on the core committee.”
In the letter posted by Mr. Parulekar, Mr. Hazare talked about expansion by including retired judges, army officers and people from every State. He reiterated this idea on Monday.