Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare said he would campaign for 50 independent candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Talking to reporters at Deulgaon-Raja near Jalna in Maharashtra, Anna said he had proposed a 17-point agenda for political parties and these 50 candidates, 12 of them from Maharashtra, had accepted it.
West Bengal Chief Minister Manmata Banerjee, too, had accepted the programme, which is why he was supporting her, he added. Asked if he would support the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, Anna said that since the party had not accepted the 17-point programme, there was no question of him supporting its candidates.
He added that the candidates supported by him, if elected, would support neither Congress nor BJP. Anna appealed to the people to vote for Balasaheb Darade here, who is planning to contest as an independent from Jalna Lok Sabha constituency.