Team Members Expoliting Anna's Image: Former Blogger

New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI): Anna Hazare's former blogger Raju Parulekar on Friday night fired yet another salvo at prominent Team Anna members accusing them of using the Gandhian as a demi-god and as their brand to further their interests.

"The real loss is most among 120 crore Indians who are disillusioned, misled, have lost objectivity and convinced that this self-centered movement will create heaven for them and a stricter Jan Lokpal Bill (law) can abolish more than 50 per cent of corruption from their life whereas truth lies somewhere else," he said in his blog posted late in the night.

Parulekar has fallen out with Hazare recently after the Gandhian distanced himself from him in the wake of a controversy over restructuring of the core Team Anna and has said he will "reveal" his side of the story in his blog.

He alleged the Team Anna members, including Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan, have lost connect with the grass-root and people's wish and agony of their life.

"So, this bunch of twenty-plus people and 'gang of four' among them take the country for a ride and hold the government for ransom," he said.

He said Team Anna members enjoy the privilege of being called "patriots" and political class bow at their feet with "sheer guilt of their absolute corruption, misuse of power, worst governance, loss of objectivity, lack of political will, lack of vision and their ultra-luxurious lifestyle".

"Does 'Team Anna' that we are so familiar with have a letter of recognition signed by Anna Hazare? How can we expect the Kejriwal, Bhushan, Bedi and Company Inc. having no constitutional (or non-constitutional) base but having ethos that questions the very agitation?

"Would they be able to lead India in to a corruption free era? How difficult will it be for the agitation to sustain and pull ahead alone on Anna Hazare's moral strength? Which direction it is heading to? Are any of us Indians familiar with the other members of Team Anna except for Bhushan father-son-duo, Bedi, Sisodiya and Kejriwal," Parulekar asked.

He also questioned why the donations for Hazare agitation was deposited in the trust held jointly by Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia and why it was were not deposited in Ralegansiddhi's trust account.

"Swami Ramdev, Shri Shri, Medha Patkar, Rajendra Singhji and even Hegde sahib distanced themselves from the movement. Though they do not publicly disown the movement they are hurt within which is absolutely visible.

"I am not comfortable with many of them ideologically but as a neo-existentialist I agree to disagree and to co-exist for larger interest. The whole country is itself a coalition.

Even then I tried to put my part in the movement with Annaji on one-to-one basis as his blogger but the importance was lost on me soon after the two incidences that took place. One of them was at the training centre in Ralegansiddhi," he said.

"If this doesn't happen, Annaji's demi-god image used by these people as their brand and shield and their reversing awakening of the people for their personal agenda which is money, fame, power and recognition," he said.


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