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Confusion over Anna joining Kejriwal’s stir

Satyajit Joshi & Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  Pune/New Delhi, March 19, 2013
First Published: 00:31 IST(19/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:33 IST(19/3/2013)

Confusion reigns over whether social activist Anna Hazare will join Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in his hunger strike in Delhi scheduled from March 23.

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On Monday, Kejriwal flew down to Anna’s village Ralegan Siddhi, near Pune, for a brief meeting and later told the media that he had come to seek his blessings.

Kejriwal, however, ducked questions on whether Anna would participate in his agitation. But AAP sources in Delhi claimed Anna would although sources close to Anna denied there was any change in his stand that he would not participate in any agitation by a political party.

Kejriwal said later on social media: “I explained to him the objective of my upwas (hunger strike). He has said he will come to the upwas venue for one day.”

Manish Sisodia, AAP spokesperson told HT: “Annaji was happy. He assured he would join the Delhi programme for a day, but it is not yet clear when. He has rallies planned earlier.”

An hour after meeting Kejriwal, Hazare posted on Facebook:  “In coming elections, if you can’t decide whom to select, use the vote to reject.” There was no mention of his meeting with Kejriwal.

Hazare is scheduled to undertake a tour of Punjab from March 31. His close aides said there was no change in his plans. Kejriwal had announced a hunger strike from March 23 against inflated power and water bills “due to corruption” in Delhi, the first such solo venture since he floated the AAP.


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