Ralegan Siddhi: Team Anna today said that the government's role in the Lokpal fiasco that unfolded in the winter session was the 'biggest' but they will not target just the government in its future plans.
"The government's betrayal on Lokpal was the biggest. But the attitude of other parties was also questionable," said Prashant Bhushan.
"We have decided that we will not target only the government during these elections but explain to the people what the government's role was and what that of the other parties was," he added.
This announcement came after Mr Bhushan along with Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas met Anna Hazare at his village Ralegan Siddhi.
The Core Committee which met yesterday had decided not to target just one political party in the future, though they had left the final decision to Anna.
Meanwhile, activist Medha Patkar has written to Anna, saying the movement must go beyond the Lokpal issue.
Earlier, Team Anna had threatened to campaign hard against the Congress as punishment for delivering a weak Lokpal Bill. The anti-corruption legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha in late December. However, the government ducked a vote on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha after it was obvious that it didn't have the numbers needed to push the bill through the Upper House.
Seventy four-year-old Anna at the time was on the first day of a hunger strike; he had to call off his fast because doctors warned his health was deteriorating rapidly. Another blow was delivered to Team Anna by poor turnout in Mumbai, where Anna had set up camp.
The activists then decided to re-think their strategy about taking on the Congress in the elections, and to chart their course for the next few months. Anna, who was recently released from a hospital in Pune, has been advised to rest for a month.
In October, Team Anna campaigned vigorously against the Congress in Hisar in Haryana, which had to elect its Lok Sabha MP. The Congress candidate lost his deposit, but the party had fallen out of favour with voters in this area for a while, so the defeat of the Congress was not really a Team Anna-delivered victory.
Team Anna was criticised for playing a political role by supporters of their campaign including Justice Santosh Hegde, who has been a major face of the India Against Corruption campaign fronted by Anna.
The activists have also been accused by the Congress of a thinly-veiled affiliation with the BJP and its parent-body, the RSS.
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