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Kejriwal claims he has been receiving messages of being attacked

October 15, 2011 - Pune

Asserting that violence is not the solution to get rid of the rampant corruption prevailing in the country, veteran social activist Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that he has been receiving messages of his office being attacked, and termed the whole episode to be a conspiracy against the civil society activists.

"I have been receiving messages from yesterday that my office will be attacked. I have been receiving these messages from yesterday evening that people would attack on us. Are they the same people, who had attacked day before yesterday? So, we all had a telephonic conversation and decided that we will not hit back on somebody," Kejriwal told media persons here.

"We will try to make them convince that violence is not the solution. If they think assault or violence to be a solution, then many of our volunteers are ready to get assaulted. People will sit outside our offices and tell them that if you want to beat us, you are welcome. We will try to talk and not indulge in any fighting. But violence is not the solution," he added.

Arvind Kejriwal further said the government will have to investigate the whole matter and find out those responsible.

"We do not know who is responsible for it. But it is all a conspiracy. Earlier, they used to say that they have problem with regard to the Kashmir issue, but it was clarified yesterday. Now, who are these people? So, the government will have to find out, but is a matter of question whether the government will investigate this issue with sincerity," he added.

When asked about Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's letter to Anna Hazare, Kejriwal said that Anna would decide on the letter.

He further said the core committee has made its stand clear on the controversy surrounding senior Supreme court lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

Kejriwal had on Friday said the assault Prashant Bhushan is a conscious effort by unidentified corrupt forces in the country, who are trying to divert attention from Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement.

"The attacks in the past two days, according to us are not only in connection with Prashant"s statement on Kashmir. I think corrupt people have got together and are conspiring against us," Kejriwal told media persons here soon after the meeting of the civil society team.

"It is tough to point fingers at any one individual or organization; however it is clear that these forces have pre-planned such attacks and trying to divert the attention from a corruption free country which is our prime motive," he added.

Kejriwal further clarified Hazare's statement on Bhushan"s position in the core committee and said that Bhushan would remain an integral part of the movement, as he has contributed a lot to such movements.

Bhushan was beaten up by some youths suspected to be from Sriram Sena in his Supreme court lawyers" chambers on Wednesday as they were upset with his stand on Jammu and Kashmir.

Bhushan reportedly supported a plebiscite for Kashmir and said that if the result comes in favour of separation, it should be honoured.

The senior Supreme court lawyer, however, later made it clear that these were his views and did not reflect the views of Team Anna.


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