Most of the people taking part in a survey on the website of the `India Against Corruption' campaign led by Anna Hazare, have said that they want the team to take the form of a political party.
Anna Hazare had earlier indicated that he is not willing to fight for the cause through a political platform. He has said that he would announce a final decision on the matter soon after holding meetings with prominent citizens in the national capital, Delhi.
Team Anna announced entering politics after the UPA government did not listen to their demands. After many agitations under leadership of Anna Hazare, the team has finally decided to face the politics parties in elections.
There are different views from major parties on Team Anna’s political aspirations. However, one thing is sure that there will be a change in the Indian political scene.
Media reports have confirmed that Team Anna will call off the fast at Jantar Mantar tomorrow. There were reports that Team Anna will soon announce a political party. Arvind Kejriwal has asked supporters of Team Anna and Indian Against Corruption to cast their votes by SMS, Facebook and Email to decide the future direction of the protest against corruption.
Supporters of Team Anna have also held a protest outside BJP office in New Delhi. The supporters are protesting against the political will of major political parties to go ahead with the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Mumbai, Dec 28 - Anna Hazare, who is suffering from viral fever, announced he will end his hunger strike Wednesday but said the fight for a "strong Lokpal" will continue.
A day after the Lok Sabha passed the government's Lokpal bill, Hazare told a gathering at the MMRDA ground that "we will end our fast" Wednesday.
He said he had originally decided to fast for three days until Thursday but his illness had forced him to skip food for the past four days.
The Bombay High Court (HC) has asked team Anna to carry on their protest from their homes after it did not accept the petition to intervene in the matter of allotment of MMRDA ground for three-day fast in Mumbai.
Team Anna has asked the court to direct the state authorities to provide MMRDA ground for free or at confessional rates for fast from December 27. The HC responded by telling the team to "sit and protest from your homes".
The court observed that it was not able to determine if the protest in in public interest or politically motivated and is thus not in a position to direct the state government in Maharashtra to allow the protest at Azad Maidan in the city.
Leader of the governing Congress party, Sonia Gandhi has endorsed the Lokpal Bill that was approved by the union cabinet ministers yesterday.
She also said that she is ready to take on the opposition to the bill when it is tabled in the parliament tomorrow. She described the bill as "path-breaking" following a meeting with party MPs today. Mrs. Gandhi said that team Anna must accept the bill that was approved by the cabinet after hours of meetings.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told civil society activist, Anna Hazare that his government is working towards creating a strong Lokpal, which he explained will be part of broader administration reforms in the country.
The Prime Minister wrote to the activist that the government is committed to a strong Lokpal bill. However, a "right to reject" an election candidate would require political consensus to be implemented.
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Oct 10 : Welcoming the government''s decision to make public the recordings of meetings between ministers and activists on the Lokpal Bill issue, veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said this is something that would restore the people''s faith in government.
Talking to reporters here, Hazare said: "The civil society activists working in support of the Lokpal Bill had demanded video recordings of the seven meetings that took place over two-and-a-half months."
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Oct 7 : Emphasising that he is targeting any specific person or political party, veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said that he has been targeting the evil inside lawmakers belonging to various political parties.
Dubai, Oct 5 : The Dubai Public Prosecution has reportedly dropped the cases against five Indians who were arrested on charges of violating UAE national security laws after they organised a walk in support of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare.
New Delhi, Sep 18 - Terming it "impractical" and "not feasible" in the current Indian political context, constitutional experts reject activist Anna Hazare's idea of the right to recall a member of parliament.
"The idea is impractical as constituency sizes in India are too large. It would be practically difficult to collect signatures of voters opting for a right to recall and verify the same," former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash Kashyap told IANS.
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Sep. 14 : Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said he will not support the anti-graft Rath Yatra of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani, because it is driven by political opportunism.
Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Sep. 10 : Veteran social activist and anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare on Saturday called on his supporters to demonstrated outside the homes of all lawmakers opposing the passing the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.
Ralegan Siddhi, Sep 5 : Throwing another salvo at Central Government, veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said he will not keep quiet until corruption ends in the country.
Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, Hazare said: "This movement will continue until corruption ends in India. I have decided that I will not keep quiet until corruption ends from this country. This fast-unto-death is a beginning and to end corruption we have to prepare ourselves for a long journey."
New Delhi, Sep 2 : Anna Hazare's aide Arvind Kejriwal, who has been issued an Income Tax notice to pay Rs. 9 lakh as dues during his service in the government till
2006, Friday said he had not violated any rules and the official claims were baseless.
"I have not violated any rule. In 2006, when I had resigned from the service, I had written to the government to deduct my dues from my general provident fund (GPF)," Kejriwal told reporters.
Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Sep 2 : Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is still feeling "a little weak" after his hunger strike but is set to address a rally here later Friday.
D. G. Pote, who examined Hazare at his home in Ralegan-Siddhi village Friday morning, said his blood pressure and other vital parameters were normal though he felt weak following the 13-day fast in New Delhi.
"He is taking normal diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables and there is no cause for concern," said Pote, Hazare? s private physician.
Gurgaon, Aug 30: Anna Hazare''s health is improving and his blood pressure and heart rate are becoming stable, said Dr. Yatin Mehta of Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon, where the social activist has been admitted after he broke his fast on Sunday.
Talking to reporters here, Dr. Mehta said: "His (Anna) condition is stable. He has started walking. All parameters are good now. He is on soft diet."
"His blood pressure is124/88. Ketone levels have gone down. It will take 4-5 days for him to be out of the hospital," he added.
Canberra, Aug 30 : Anna Hazare, India's first anti-corruption crusader who pressurized the government to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen Ombudsman Bill) in a `peaceful and non-violent' manner, did an impressive job of transforming his native village as well, but surprisingly, he did so in an entirely `autocratic, violent way,' reveals the Sydney Morning Herald''s international editor Peter Hartcher.
New Delhi, Aug 29 : Anna Hazare''s key aide Manish Sisodia has termed the veteran social activist's crusade against corruption as the `victory of people' who came forward to fight for the cause.
Cutting across barriers of age and gender, thousands of people gathered at India Gate last night to celebrate the success.
New Delhi, Aug 27 : There is hardly any similarity between 50-year-old Raghubir Prasad, a rickshaw puller from Bihar, and 20-year-old Meneka Sharma, a student in Delhi. Yet they have been bound together by a common link called Anna Hazare.
Prasad has been literally camping at the Ramlila Maidan here in central Delhi for the past 11 days - ever since the 74-year-old activist came here to continue his fast protest in demand for a strong, anti-graft bill.
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