New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his group would not use ‘India Against Corruption´ (IAC) as its name after the formation of his political party on 26 November, a day after the veteran activist’s group insisted that they would like to retain the name.
“Anna is too dear to us. I have deepest respects for him. After the launch of our party on 26 November, we will not use IAC name,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said he considers Hazare as his “Guru” and talks to him everyday. “If he asks me to stop using the IAC’s name, I won’t use it,” Kejriwal said when asked about Hazare and his associates’ claim that the name remains with them.
Meanwhile, activist Kiran Bedi said that the name IAC will remain with Hazare. “We will seek donations in the name of IAC. People can donate in the name of IAC. Arvind’s organisation is PCRF (Public Cause Research Foundation),” she said.
Speaking to media, Hazare said the group’s bank account will be in the name of Bedi, Sunita Godara and Lt Colonel Brijender Kokhar, all members of the new Coordination Committee. After the first meeting of Hazare’s new team on Saturday, the group had insisted that they would retain IAC with Bedi saying that it was not Hazare who left the organisation but Arvind Kejriwal-led group which wanted to enter politics.
“They will be announcing the new name of the party. So, it won’t be a problem on the name,” she said. A press statement issued by the group on Saturday said Hazare reconstituted the coordination committee to re-energize the IAC movement, signalling that they were not ready to forgo the name.