Separate office for Hazare volunteers

Simmering volunteer discontent in the Anna Hazare faction of the India Against Corruption has erupted into a full-blown face-off between some 100-odd volunteers and the new Team Anna with the former hiring an office in Kaushambhi at stone's throw from where Arvind Kejriwal's Public Cause Research Foundation is housed. It will be inaugurated on Saturday.

A point of grouse is that volunteers from either faction are not encouraged to participate in programmes organised by the other despite public proclamations of cooperation.

"When the movement split in August, all of us had taken a principled stand to remain apolitical, and we had been so happy after the Constitution Club meeting when... he (Hazare) said, 'I will not go with the political party'. But that cannot mean factionalisation of volunteers. This (opening a separate office) is a move we could not have imagined then, but over the last two months we saw interest groups developing and in the formation, functioning and vision of the leadership we saw a firewall being created around Anna," says Atul Bal, a volunteer.

Members of Anna's new committee, however, remained in denial of this new office.

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