As the picture became clearer in Delhi with results being counted, social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday congratulated Arvind Kejriwal on his party’s victory in the Assembly Elections.
Anna said, “Arvind Kejriwal is going to be chief minister of Delhi. My congratulations to him.”
“People used to say wind was blowing in favour of Narendra Modi. It was not the case. He had made promises to people but didn’t fulfil them. He used to say his government will reduce corruption but that didn’t happen,” Anna said, adding people’s trust and faith in him has eroded.
“People believe Arvind will fight for them,” he said further.
Speaking further on Kejriwal’s win, Anna said: “My expectations from him are – don’t repeat the mistakes which you committed in your last term as CM. Don’t travel on Metro, take oath in Ramlila Maidan. Remain simple. The more you stay simple, the more people will have trust in you.”
He also cautioned Kejriwal against being confrontationist, but asked not to give up movements.
“Don’t give up movements. But, start agitations only when they are necessary,” Anna suggested.
He further sought to absolve Kiran Bedi of blame for BJP’s defeat in Delhi.
“I don’t blame Kiran Bedi for BJP’s defeat,” he said.
“Who am I to say if Bedi was wrong in joining the BJP,” he said further, in response to a question.
Anna said he will not attend Kejriwal’s swearing-in ceremony. “What will I do by attending the swearing-in?” he asked, adding “I have already congratulated him”.