February 08, 2018

Aamir Khan may join Hazare’s team to fight corruption

By Sadaf Shinwari - Mon Oct 29 2012, 11:17 am

Social activist Anna Hazare is likely to rope in Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for the new phase of his movement, which he plans to launch in January.

After he officially disbanded Team Anna, Hazare has been busy forming a new team. Apart from retaining some old hands like Kiran Bedi, Rajendra Singh, and Akhil Gogoi, he has contacted activists Vishwambhar Chowdhury and Avinash Dharmadhikari among others.

According to sources, Hazare was impressed with Aamir’s television show – Satyamev Jayate – which had created public awareness about various social issues persisting in India. Citing the response and tremendous impact of the show on aam-aadmi, Hazare is believed to have decided to ask the Bollywood star to join his team.

Hazare’s new team will comprise individuals known for their integrity, who can take the anti-graft movement forward, key Anna aide and former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi had said.

“Individuals, who are an institution themselves, be it retired civil servants, corporate honchos or artists, Anna is looking for a new inclusive core group with individuals, who are one call away from the powers that be but are known for their non-partisanship and are reformist by nature,” Bedi said.

She had also named three such individuals, whom Hazare may approach to be part of his new core committee.

This comes as Aamir had shared the dais with Hazare during his agitation in Delhi last year for a Lokpal. He had also sent a letter to PM Manmohan Singh asking the government to act on the demand for a strong anti-corruption mechanism.

However, official talks with Aamir will happen only after his return from Haj where he currently is accompanying his mother.

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