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Hazare not to campaign in upcoming Assembly polls

January 05, 2012 12:59 IST
Anna Hazare will not campaign in the upcoming Assembly elections, including in Uttar Pradesh, as announced earlier owing to his poor health, his close aide Kiran Bedi said on Thursday.

"Anna is not going to campaign in the states. Anna is not going to travel which we have urged him not to. Doctors are not allowing any more fast, any more exposure through travel at the moment," she told reporters in Pune.

She said Hazare's health is "really important" for them and he could not be exposed to sudden changes in temperature.

Calling off his fast and other agitations for a strong Lokpal last month ahead of schedule, Hazare had announced that he will tour five states going for polls and campaign against Congress for failing to bring a strong Lokpal.

Hazare's hospitalisation on December 31 and advise by doctors has forced him not to undertake the proposed campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur which are going to polls from January 28 to March three.

Bedi said Team Anna's core group will meet on Saturday to chalk out the future course of action. On Hazare's health, she said the 74-year-old activist is better but he needs to improve more. "He is on antibiotics and drips. That's why he needs rest at the moment and visitor control is required. He needs total care at the moment which can only be given to him at the hospital for a few more weeks to prevent any relapse," she said.

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