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A day after some signs of rapprochement, the rift between Anna Hazare and Aam Aadmi Party today came into the open at his fast venue with an AAP member clashing with former army chief V K Singh, who accused them of betraying the Gandhian.The simmering bitterness aggravated to such an extent after Singh slammed AAP leaders for deserting the anti-graft campaigner and taking the political plunge that Hazare ordered the fledgling partys representative at the venue Gopal Rai to leave the village.It all started when Singh, a key Team Anna member after retiring from service, began castigating AAP leaders without naming them for parting ways with Hazare and floating a political outfit.When Annaji raised the voice for Jan Lokpal, many people rallied behind him but later left him. Today, they say it is because of them that there is Annaji and not because there is Annaji that they are there. Nobody can undermine something that Annaji has created.Today, if we have to take our nation forward, we need to unite and not float separate groups and separate parties, Singh said, setting off a verbal duel with Rai.Rai, who was seated among the audience and observing a fast since yesterday when an AAP team dispatched by its leader Arvind Kejriwal met Hazare, joined issue with Singh, calling him an agent of BJPs prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.As the two engaged in a heated arguments, Hazare, whose hunger strike for passage in Parliament of Jan Lokpal Bill entered its fourth day today, took the mike and started berating Rai.You were told not to join the fast but you did. Now people are asking you not to interrupt the (Singhs) speech and you are interrupting. If you have to create a ruckus, you leave the village. Dont sit here. It is not proper to interrupt people when they are speaking, Hazare said, chastising Rai.Later, speaking to the media, Rai said some people inimical to the Jan Lokpal movement were misleading Hazare.The agenda is Jan Lokpal and people are talking about betrayal. That too, a person who is making rounds of Modi for a ticket to contest elections. Many people are unable to digest our unity and they are poisoning Annas ears, Rai said.Asked about growing distance between Hazare and AAP, Rai said, There is no distance. As long as Jan Lokpal is our common goal, there cannot be distance. We would probably not have come here if Anna were not fasting for Jan Lokpal.Anna said dont stay in Ralegan Siddhi but this is the fight of the entire country. I am leaving Annas village but will not leave him. I will continue my fast in Delhi, he said.Replying to a query about whether Hazare was taking wrong decisions under the influence of a coterie, Rai said, We hope Anna will take the right decision at the right time.Reflecting a thaw in their relations with Anna Hazare, a team of Aaam Aadmi Party had yesterday called on the Gandhian and pledged to lend their support to his fight for passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha.AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who could not come due to indisposition, had also spoken to Hazare, who was claimed to have given him his blessings.Relations between the anti-graft crusader and Kejriwal had come under severe strain after a video showing Hazare expressing disappointment over alleged misuse of funds collected during the India Against Corruptions campaign for Jan Lokpal surfaced just ahead of the Delhi polls.Kejriwal had said he was very, very sad over the video and demanded an open probe into Hazares allegation.Hazare had later clarified he was mainly concerned about misuse of his name in the poll campaign and said the two are not enemies.
The Samajwadi Party today gave a clear indication that it would not allow the Rajya Sabha to debate the Lokpal Bill saying unless the issue of price rise is discussed it will not allow the House to function.We have given a notice for discussion on price rise. First that should be taken and then any other issue. Till price rise is discussed we will not allow any other work to be done in the House, SPs Rajya Sabha member Ramgopal Yadav told reporters outside Parliament.On the other hand, the BJP insisted that all parties should agree to maintain decorum in the Upper House and participate in the debate on Lokpal Bill.BJP wants the Lokpal Bill to be passed. We request all members to maintain peace in the House and allow the debate to take place. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley will present BJPs views on the Bill when the debate takes place, Deputy Leader of BJP in the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad said.The BJP has conveyed to the Government and the Chair that Jaitley will put forth his views even if there is a din in the House.Asked about SPs insistence on a debate on price rise, Prasad said even BJP wants a debate on issues like rising inflation and Augusta Westland deal but Lokpal Bill is also an important issue and should be debated.Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare is on indefinite hunger strike in Ralegan Siddhi to press for early passage in Parliament of Jan Lokpal Bill.
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Differences between Team Anna and Aam Aadmi Party came to fore today when its leader Gopal Rai tried to interrupt General V K Singhs speech at the venue and was rebuffed by Anna Hazare who has been on indefinite hunger strike for passage in Parliament of Jan Lokpal Bill.Why are you interrupting him? If you want to create a ruckus, you can go out, Hazare told Rai.It is not right to interrupt when someone is speaking, he added.Hazare publicly rebuked Rai, asking him to leave the venue if he went ahead with disrupting the former Army chiefs speech.Singh, who was sharing stage with Hazare, said, We should not split and form different groups in our fight against corruption.The AAP leader raised some objections, which led to a heated argument between him and Gen Singh, following which the septuagenarian asked Rai to immediately leave the village.We have not asked you to fast, if you want to create such noise then you can leave Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare told the AAP member.The anti-graft crusader, whose fast entered fourth day today, has parked himself near the Yadav Baba temple at Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtras Ahmednagar district, under the banner of Jantantra Morcha.The 76-year-old Gandhian said he will not break his fast till the Jan Lokpal Bill is passed in Parliament.