Anna Hazare, prominently known for his major anti-corruption protest against the Congress-led UPA government in the past, has said he hoped that no Arvind Kejriwal emerged from his movement again. Kejriwal, now Chief Minister of Delhi, was his most trusted lieutenant and chief architect of the protest under the banner of ‘India Against Corruption’.
The two, however, fell out after latter entered politics forming his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Dubbed as ‘new experiment in Indian politics’, the AAP got instant fillip after it stood second in 2013 Delhi assembly polls getting 28 seats and later galloping 67 seats in 2015 assembly polls.
“I hope no Kejriwal comes out of my movement again,” Hazare told reporters here after addressing a public meeting at the Shahid Smarak in Agra on Tuesday.
Accusing the previous UPA government on the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill, Hazare also criticised the current regime.
“The (Narendra) Modi government later diluted the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill. Both the Congress and the BJP are guilty (in this regard),” the 80-year-old social activist said.
Lamenting that even after 70 years of achieving independence, democracy, in its true sense, was yet to come to India, Hazare said, “We want a government which works for farmers’ interests”.”
The Hazare-Kejriwal split came in 2012 after a roller- coaster ride of 18 months in which they came together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement.
The activist had in those days also refused to accept the survey done by India Against Corruption, which favoured a political path.
(With inputs from PTI)