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Anna will be back with us in 3-4 months: Kejriwal

Four days after a bitter split on the issue of forming a party, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday expressed hope that Anna Hazare will be back with his group in another ‘three-four months’ if it can work honestly in politics.

‘Some people say Anna has left us. He hasn’t. He is in our hearts. None can take him away from us. It is just that while he believes that politics is a dirty thing, we are of the view that we have to enter politics to clean it.

‘He will come back to them in three-four months once he see our honest and dedicated work,’ Kejriwal told supporters at a protest, the first one after the split on September 19 after Hazare objected to the anti-corruption movement taking a political plunge.

Supporters of Kejriwal have been critical of Hazare on social networking sites after the split. Yesterday, Kejriwal appealed to his supporters not to target Hazare saying the veteran activist is their respected leader and whose guidance is valued.

Despite strong demands from his supporters, Anna Hazare has decided not to ask activist Arvind Kejriwal to return money collected during the anti-corruption agitations though the latter had offered to give it back.

During a meeting here soon after the group split, Hazare was urged by volunteers that they should ask Kejriwal-led Public Cause Research Foundation to return the money but the activist told them that he had already refused to take it.

Sources, who attended the meeting, claimed that Hazare told the meeting that Kejriwal offered to return money but he asked him to keep it.

The volunteers were of the view that they would need money to organise the movement but Hazare felt that they have to built a new movement and the issue of money should not be a point of fight, they said.

Hazare parted ways with Kejriwal-led group on September 19 over the issue of the anti-corruption movement taking a plunge into politics. The discussion on the issue came up at a meeting, which was also attended by Kiran Bedi, held at Maharashtra Sadan the next day.

Kejriwal had offered a cheque more than once to Hazare after differences erupted over the issue of forming a political party, the sources said. Kejriwal went to Ralegan Siddhi and offered a cheque but Hazare refused to take it.

They said Hazare was of the view that they should try to get a copy of the volunteer’s list. ‘They can give us a copy and keep one with them. What is the harm in it?’ Hazare was quoted as saying. IAC led by Kejriwal refused to comment on the issue.  
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