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NEW DELHI: The Anna Hazare camp was in disarray on Sunday over the joint front opened with yoga guru Baba Ramdev, as two Muslim members of the core committee resigned. Team Anna’s core c

Published: 23rd April 2012 02:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:42 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Anna Hazare camp was in disarray on Sunday over the joint front opened with yoga guru Baba Ramdev, as two Muslim members of the core committee resigned.

Team Anna’s core committee meeting plunged into chaos as one of the two prominent Muslim faces of the anti-graft movement, Mufti Shameen Kazmi, was forced to resign as he tried to audio-record the proceedings, said sources in the camp, while another walked out alleging that key member Arvind Kejriwal was anti-Muslim.

The crucial meet started amid strong displeasure among team Anna members over the tie-up with Baba Ramdev and soon it became clear that Muslims were totally against joining hands with the yoga guru.

While confirming the reports of the rift, Kazmi told Express: “I was the lone Muslim member of the committee and I have been linked with the movement since the beginning. Now I am out of it.”

He added: “I don’t have any problem with Baba Ramdev. But Kejriwal and (Manish) Sisodia did not want this (tie-up with Ramdev) to happen as they will lose their importance,” Kazmi said.

On the other hand, the Ramdev camp has rejected the theories of the “so called rift” with team Anna, saying that a section of the government is hell bent on breaking the unity of the movement, while a couple of anti-national members in team Anna were “playing dirty”.



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