Anna denounces Brand IAC, to scale up BVJA

Within months of staking claim to IAC (India Against Corruption), Gandhian Anna Hazare announced Saturday he would not use the brand and instead scale up Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (BVJA). He was addressing volunteers at his village after inaugurating new office of the movement.

"To stop misuse of the new movement by people with political ambitions, we will not use Brand IAC," he said.

After Magsaysay awardee Arvind Kejriwal floated a political party, Hazare had announced a new apolitical movement. Last September, he staked claim to Brand IAC and Kejriwal named his outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The decision to give up the claim, senior members of the new Team Anna, said was due to ego clashes and differences between new and old volunteers of IAC.

"Old volunteers who joined Anna movement were being sidelined by new volunteers of IAC, whose claim to fame was participation in the various rallies for Jan Lokpal Bill. Also, it was feared given the fluid nature of the brand, people with political ambitions might try to cash in on IAC," said a senior member of the new Anna team.

Meanwhile, Hazare claimed politics could not be the answer to the pressing problems of the country.

"All political parties are tainted. The only way to fight the system is to form a strong mass base, which would compel the powers to be to listen to the will of the people," he said.

Asked if he bracketed AAP with all other parties, Hazare said there were allegations of corruption against some AAP members too.

Hazare urged his new volunteers to work for building a movement for the right to reject legislation. "Jan Lokpal Bill will not end corruption completely. If we get the right to reject legislation, it will stop the corrupt from occupying seats of power," he said.

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