By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 14: When anti-graft activist Anna Hazare announced his decision to form a political party and after he disbanded Team Anna, it signalled a more important and bigger role for Arvind Kejriwal. It was upon him to start the process of building the political party that would fight against corruption.
While erstwhile Team Anna member and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi had disagreed with Hazare’s decision to float a political party, Kejriwal finally convinced him to be a part of the preparatory committee which will chalk out the nitty-gritties of the formation of the political party. Kejriwal was in Guwahati on Tuesday to meet Akhil Gogoi. While addressing mediapersons after the discussion, Kejriwal said, “KMSS has decided not to be a part of the political party that we are planning to float. However, Akhil Gogoi has agreed to be a special invitee member of the preparatory committee. His organizational skills will be of great help to us in forming the political party. Also, KMSS will play a pivot role in the new committee of India Against Corruption (IAC).”
The preparatory committee will have members from various movements and organizations, said Kejriwal. While elaborating on Hazare’s role in the new political party, Kejriwal said that Hazare would not contest in elections but he would give moral support to the party and help in scrutinizing the candidates of the party.
When asked what would happen if the political party, formed to fight against corruption in the country, was found indulging in corrupt practices in the future, Kejriwal said, “If this happens, I will quit the party.”
Akhil Gogoi said, “After repeated requests by Arvind Kejriwal, I agreed to be a part of the preparatory committee. However, I will not be a part of the political party as there are some ideological differences.”