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"Kejriwal would have been CM had I campaigned"

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File photo of social activist Anna Hazare.
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File photo of social activist Anna Hazare.

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Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party would have increased its number of seats in the Delhi Assembly had he endorsed it. “If I had campaigned for it, Arvind Kejriwal would have become the Chief Minister of Delhi. But I did not want to do so, as I do not campaign for any political party,” Mr. Hazare told reporters in his native village, Ralegan Siddhi, in Ahmednagar on Monday. On Sunday, he had congratulated the AAP on its performance in the polls.

Two weeks before the elections, Mr. Hazare said the AAP should not use his name in its campaigns. He also questioned the use of funds collected during the India Against Corruption movement in a letter to Mr. Kejriwal. But Mr. Kejriwal should not have made the letter public, he said. “I had written the letter to clarify my doubts. When he made it public, people doubted him and it affected the election results,” Mr. Hazare said.

Mr. Kejriwal sought his former mentor’s blessings through various TV channels after his party got the second place in the Delhi polls on Sunday.

Asked whether Mr. Kejriwal would share the stage with him in his upcoming agitation for the Lokpal Bill, Mr. Hazare said: “He can support my agitation from outside but he will not be allowed on stage, as he is part of a political party now.” Mr. Hazare is beginning an indefinite fast demanding that the Lokpal Bill be passed in the ongoing Parliament session. Unlike in the 2011 agitation, there would be no “Team Anna” or a Core Committee. He would fight alone, he said. He demanded that the winter session of Parliament be extended to enable the passing of the Bill.

Warning the Congress, Mr. Hazare said the Assembly elections had proved that people had lost faith in the party. “If they pass the Lokpal now, as they have been promising, people’s faith can be restored,” he said.

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The world has moved on but Anna still hasn't realised it.

from:  Arun Visvanathan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 09:39 IST

"Kejriwal would have been CM had I campaigned"

If that's true then you should have campaigned for him. now with a hung house, possibility of re election is high, and it would waste taxpayer's money. why didn't you support him right from the start?? Actually, Mr. Hazare Initially you thought that Kejriwal would fail in his effort and you didn't want to share that failure but now as he emerged as the biggest champion of democracy, you want a share of his glory. You should learn to be humble and laconic or whatever respect you have garnered over the years would go away in an instant.

from:  Tina
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 15:18 IST

I request to Anna not to unnecessarily open his mouth henceforth. We all
have respect for him. But he is out of touch from the present politics.
If he think that by his fasting the Present day Govt. and the main
opposition party will buckle, he is wrong in his assumption. They will
definitely will not mind you to be carried to a hospital. They all are
arrogant, egoistic, closing their eyes on all corruption deeds. My
sincere advise to Anna is better join Arvind and bring a total
parivartan in the political system.

from:  p.k.ramchandran
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 13:57 IST

The reason why Anna did not canvas for AAP is very simple. Like all the Political Parties, Anna too was convinced that the AAP was more noise than substance. Now attempts are being made to draw mileage from AAP's achievements. Let us not forget the Giant Killer who knocked down the three times successful Dixit without any assistance from any known noise maker. The misfortune is that large number of Voters were not confident that AAP would make any mark. Therefore, they did not wish risk wasting their vote. If today re-election is held, AAP will come back with double the strength.

from:  Pushpinder Singh
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 13:11 IST

From the very statement in itself it is clear that Anna has stooped too much to the levels that is unexpected from a leader who claims to champion for common man's cause.It makes one think that this is a mere attempt to avert the oblivion.

from:  Venkata Govindasamy
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 12:54 IST

What a egoistical man.If he had not opened his mouth aap would have got a majority.He does not have the humility of kejriwal.Truly he should learn from his own disciple.India by now has moved beyond anna.If he thinks that through his fasting he can get the lokpal bill passed he is living in a fools paradise.Yes initially people flocked to him as there was no other avenue for protest but now the people have tasted power and he has been swept aside by people power.The ruling establishment (including bjp and congress )are slowly coming to terms with this.That is the reason the bjp is hesistating to form the govt through horse trading.If aap was not there then defnitely they would have indulged in horse trading.Now aap should expand pan indiawise.They will surely form the govt in 2019.Congress will never rise and the communal parties will also be trashed.

from:  sam
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 12:21 IST

sour grapes = something that one cannot have and so disparages as if it were never desirable.

from:  Martin Kurian
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 11:40 IST

Anna doesn't know himself to whom he wants to give support. Kejrival could have been CM if Anna hadn't opened his mouth

from:  Yasir
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 11:34 IST

I totally agree with Annaji. I wish AAP had got complete majority, it
would have beena dream come true for Delhi voters. Anyway nothing is
lost now, as this election proved the power of AAP and common man's
ambitions. In next elections AAP will get complete majority and form
government.

from:  Varun Bhat
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 11:31 IST

From his own wordings, it is very clear that he is a supporter of Congress party. Howver, he is forgetting that the Lok Pal bill is pending all these while when congress party ruled this country the maximum. May Anna find success this time around! Good luck anyways!

from:  umesh
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 11:28 IST

Let Anna hazare stop these callous remarks.He accused Kejrival of misappropriating his funds on the eve of the polls.He averred that AAP has nothing to do with his movement.Now,AAP,having put up a decent show in the polls,he wants to take the credit.He is a bigger opportunist than Kejrival.Had he campaigned for AAP,the party might have been routed in the polls.Such ambitious politics by Anna belittles the fame he acquired under Gandhian honours..

from:  K.Sugavanam
Posted on: Dec 10, 2013 at 09:51 IST
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