Social networking sites went abuzz as soon as Anna Hazare announced that
his team would seek to form a "political alternative", with many
welcoming the move and some accusing Team Anna of "deceiving people".
"People in our country are in desperate need of a political alternative... this is a great step," tweeted Shreyasi Mukerji.
Mayank Kumar with the tweet: "Good to hear about Team Anna's decision
to join politics. Not the quickest, but definitely a much better way to
bring about the change."
According to Rashmi Vohra, Team Anna had
opened the floodgates for the "educated youth who wanted to join
politics but did not have a suitable option."
"We will soon have a
clean, honest party that we can proudly become a part of. Cheers Team
Anna," Vohra posted on her Facebook wall.
However, there were some who questioned the intentions of Team Anna.
supported Team Anna because it was perceived as apolitical. Now it has
joined politics, so shouldn't it's supporters oppose them too?" tweeted
"Team Anna has drifted from what it set out to
do... they have deceived people... in the end they too are hungry for
power and are thus joining politics," posted Fauzan Umar on Facebook.
Kulkarni tweeted that Team Anna should "push for Jan Lokpal" instead of
forming a political party as it was not worth waiting 30-40 years for a
corruption free India.
Some saw the announcement as a threat to the main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather than the Congress.
Team Anna forms party, it will do what Chiranjeevi's PRP (Praja Rajyam
Party) did to TDP (Telugu Desam Party)... split opposition votes,"
tweeted Aravind Bandarupalli.
Agreed Pulkit Arora: "Team Anna's
demand for JanLokpal was perfectly legitimate. BJP shud have supported
them properly. Now it wil hav 2 face them in elections."