Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday decided to continue his maun vrat (vow of silence) as his health is not permitting him to break it even as his team is all set to meet this Saturday to discuss the controversies surrounding it.
Hazare will not attend the core committee meeting of the Team scheduled in the national capital. In his latest blog posting, Hazare said, "My health still does not permit me to give up my maun vrat. There is still some swelling on my feet and the knee troubles me a lot.
"Maun vrat helps me heal my body from within and outside. Verbal communication with people is an exertion for me leaving me very weak. Hence, keeping my physical condition in mind I have taken the decision to go on with maun vrat," he said.
Hazare began his maun vrat on October 16 at his native village in Maharashtra for atma shanti (peace of soul).
Hazare shifted his residence from the Padmavati Temple complex to his old residence, the Yadavbaba Temple complex, in this village, about 250 km from Mumbai. His decision to continue the maun vrat comes at a time when Team Anna's core committee has decided to meet. The meeting is expected to discuss the controversies surrounding Team Anna.
Sources in Team Anna said Hazare will not attend the meeting. Team Anna is engulfed in a series of controversies in the past few days, including the continuance of Prashant Bhushan in the team following his controversial remarks on plebiscite in Kashmir and alleged financial misconduct by Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi.
The meeting also comes after the resignation of two prominent activists P V Rajagopal and Rajinder Singh from the Core Committee, apparently unhappy over the movement moving towards party politics.