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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Anna extends olive branch to Kejriwal

Satyajit Joshi, Hindustan Times  Pune, February 16, 2014
First Published: 02:23 IST(16/2/2014) | Last Updated: 02:25 IST(16/2/2014)

Social activist and Arvind Kejriwal’s former mentor Anna Hazare has advised him to associate himself with the movement for Lokpal once again. Talking to media at Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare, who had initially described Kejriwal’s decision to resign as ‘unfortunate’, underlined that current Lokpal came into existence because of agitation and movement and not because of political parties.

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Describing Kejriwal’s resignation as his victory and not defeat, Hazare said, “They will get majority whenever Assembly elections are held in Delhi.”

Without specifically mentioning Kejriwal’s name, Hazare said, “There is utter need that all those people, earlier associated with the movement, should come together.”

Hazare did not rule out possibility of active role being played by some industrialists in Kejriwal’s resignation. However, Anna lambasted Congress saying that their support to AAP was nothing but a drama. Hazare criticized both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi saying that it has become difficult to lure the voters.


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