Patch up bid: Team Anna to take part in Ramdev's protest

Team Anna on Monday sought to bury differences with Ramdev after cracks appeared in their combine by inviting the yoga guru for their July protest and offering to participate in his August agitation.

On his part, Ramdev also said ‘there are no differences’ and participated in a TV show along with Anna Hazare, who defended Kejriwal's speech during which he attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other politicians.

The decision to bury the hatchet was taken at a Team Anna core committee meeting here which was attended by Anna Hazare, Justice Santosh Hegde, Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kiran Bedi among others.

Divisions surfaced on the newly-forged Ramdev-Anna Hazare combine after Kejriwal yesterday made an abrupt exit from the fast venue following Ramdev taking exception to his speech. Announcing the decision after the day-long meeting, Hazare told reporters that a decision was unanimously taken to invite Ramdev for the proposed protest from July 25 announced by Team Anna.

"We have also decided to participate in the agitation called by Ramdev from August 9. They will participate in our programme and we will in there's," Hazare said.

However, Kejriwal said, it was decided in the meeting that Hazare will not sit on fast from July 25 due to health reasons but his ‘young team’ will.

The 74-year-old activist will be present in Delhi during the indefinite protest against UPA government. Hazare said that the team Anna members would tour the country from tomorrow to agitate people about the allegations they have raised against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and 14 Union Ministers.

Asked about Ramdev's snub to Kejriwal for taking names of Prime Ministers and other ministers, Hazare said, different people have different opinions.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal contradicted the yoga guru's claims that a protocol was set not to take names of politicians or make personal attacks during speeches at the fast venue.

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