Hazare takes a U-turn and softens his stand on Arvind Kejriwal.
Social activist Anna Hazare who had criticized Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal after he formed his political party has softened his stand against the latter. Hazare who had earlier parted ways with Kejriwal has diluted his stand against him. Anna doesn’t have any qualms about Kejriwal forming his own party and also backed him. According to him India is a democratic country and every citizen has a right to form his political party and express his opinion. Hazare also added that Kejriwal has not done anything wrong by forming his own party. Anna had earlier said that even though both of them have split but their goals remain same.
Speaking to AV Anna Hazare said, “Initiative’s taken by Kejriwal to campaign for the passage of Lok Pal bill enabled him to create an identity for himself. Manish Sisodiya and many others who were associated with us during the protest too became popular among the masses.”
When AV asked Hazare whether he and Kejriwal will share a common platform in the future he replied, “We will take a decision in this regard at the right time. I can’t comment about this matter right now.”
When asked will he allow Kejriwal to join his campaign Hazare said, “Kejriwal is welcome to join our campaign if he distances himself from politics.”
Speaking about his close aid and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Hazare said, “If she joins BJP and aims to become the Chief Minister of Delhi then I wish to congratulate her in advance. However, I will not remain associated with any political party.”
On BJP leader V.K. Singh who is regarded as one of the supporter of Anna Hazare, he said, “He served the nation while working with the Army. Now he has become a politician and my wishes are with him.”
When asked that citizens are unhappy with the newly elected Prime Minster Narendra Modi as he has failed to fulfill the tall promises made by him during the election campaigning Hazare said, “Narendra Modi has been elected as a Prime Minister last month. Therefore, we have to give him few months to implement the policies within a stipulated period of time. If he fails to control inflation then people will definitely protest against him.”
When we tried to contact Arvind Kejriwal and AAP Maharashtra President Mayank Gandhi both of them remained unavailable for comment.
By Vaidehi Sachin/Najmul Hasan Rizvi