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Team Anna's intentions are now in the open: Soni

PTI 19 Sep 2012, 13:24:12 PM IST
New Delhi, Aug 2: With Team Anna indicating that they may come out with a political alternative, Government today claimed that its stand on the movement by Anna Hazare and his team has been vindicated and it was glad that their intention has come out in the open.

"We have always said that these people seemed inspired by politics. It is good that whatever the intention was has come out clear. Many of the stances they took seem to suggest this. I am glad that they have gone ahead," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters here.

Her reaction came after Anna Hazare announced that he will give support for a political alternative in the country.

"Now they will realise, how much work you have to do in politics and what are the difficulties and compulsions," she said.

Soni also said that it was not correct for anyone to use defamatory language against MPs or anyone holding constitutional position.

The Minister also said that it was everyone's right to enter public life and Team Anna should go ahead and contest elections if they wanted to change the system.

Meanwhile, Team Anna today announced that it would end the indefinite fast tomorrow evening.

Anna Hazare's announcement on calling off the agitation demanding Lokpal Bill at 5 PM tomorrow came on a day when a group of eminent personalities, including jurist V R Krishna Iyer and former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, appealed for an end to the fast as the health of Arvind Kejriwal and two others deteriorated.