India: Team Anna To Start Campaign In Up From Today

After Uttarakhand, Team Anna would launch a multi-city campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday creating awareness about a strong Lokpal Bill but stay away from directly targeting any one political party.

Team Anna to start campaign in UP from today

NEW DELHI: After Uttarakhand, Team Anna would launch a multi-city campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday creating awareness about a strong Lokpal Bill but stay away from directly targeting any one political party.

Arvind Kejriwal would not be part of the campaign as he is accompanying Anna Hazare for treatment to Bangalore. Team Anna would largely consist of Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia, Kiran Bedi and Kumar Vishwas. Sisodia said, "We are going to constituencies as per the election schedule. I will be in UP throughout, while others could join the campaign at different places."

On Thursday, Team Anna will campaign at Mahadev Talab Maidan in Fatehpur of Barabanki and in Ramlila Maidan in Gonda. Subsequent meetings have been planned in Faizabad, Basti, Varanasi and Allahabad.

Ahead of the assembly polls, Team Anna had written a series of letters to leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and BJP president Nitin Gadkari raising questions about the Lokpal Bill. Letter was also sent to UP chief minister Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

While in the letter to the PM, he was asked to show some courage to withdraw the "weak" Lokpal Bill and bring a stronger one, the one to Gandhi asked the Congress heir apparent whether his party will dare to bring a law on the lines of "a strong" Lokayukta legislation in Uttarakhand. Gadkari was asked as to why his party did not insist on Nitish Kumar government in Bihar, in which it is a coalition partner, to bring a strong Lokayukta law like the one passed by the BJP government in Uttarakhand. He was also asked why BJP changed tracks on bringing Lokayuktas through Lokpal bill.

Team Anna also found fault with BSP chief Mayawati for not opposing the bill in the Standing Committee and walking out in the Lok Sabha which they alleged helped the UPA-II pass it in the Lower House. SP that opposed the bill in the Standing Committee, but walked out in the Lok Sabha was asked to clear its stand by Team Anna. SP was also asked whether it would go with Congress or BJP after the UP poll results are declared.