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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Ego problems remarks: Anna says NYT misquoted

Anna Hazare felt that some of his team members had “ego problems” and he was not getting the “right feedback” on the negotiations during his August agitation for a strong Lokpal, a US newspaper has said.

However, Hazare in a statement, claimed he was misquoted by The New York Times and there was no question of removing Arvind Kejriwal or Prashant Bhushan from the core committee leading the agitation.

In an interview to the paper, Hazare was asked: “Among your allies are Prashant Bhushan, who criticises economic liberalisation, and Arvind Kejriwal, who has been criticised for saying overly harsh things about the prime minister. Do you agree with them, and is there disunity among your senior leaders?”

To this, Hazare was quoted as saying, “I will try to change them. There were some ego problems. From the government side it was Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal. From our side also there were some issues. I was not getting the right feedback, nor was the prime minister. That complicated the issues.

“Later, Vilasrao Deshmukh and another minister got involved and direct contact with the prime minister was established. I have an old relationship with Vilasrao. Then the issues were resolved.”


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