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Mamata made more 'sacrifices' than Kejriwal: Anna

PTI  Indore, March 06, 2014
First Published: 02:01 IST(6/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:03 IST(6/3/2014)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has made more "sacrifices" in life than Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal and it would be a good thing if she becomes the prime minister, social activist Anna Hazare said on Wednesday.

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"As compared to Mamata, Kejriwal has made less sacrifices. Despite being a chief minister, Mamata does not use government bungalow or vehicle. She moves around in simple clothes and slippers.

"Instead of wooing big industries, she is village-centric in her economic outlook. I am impressed by her ideology," he said addressing a press conference in Indore.

To a query, the anti-corruption crusader said "Mamata is capable of becoming prime minister because of her thinking. If she becomes prime minister, it will be a good thing."

In an apparent reference to BJP leader Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Hazare said "Only the names of two people are doing the round for the post of prime minister. However, both of them focus on big industries and don't talk about village-based economy. Any of them becoming prime minister will not make India's future bright."

Rahul has a long way to go in terms of political experience while there was no wave in favour of any leader, Hazare said when asked about the Congress VP and Modi.

Hazare said he had advised Kejriwal, after he became chief minister, to work towards making Delhi a model state and focus on Lok Sabha polls only in 2019.

"However, he did not pay heed to my advise. I also disapproved of his dharna outside Rail Bhavan in January."

To another query, the septuagenarian activist said he had no intention of contesting the Presidential polls (due in 2017) and he was happy serving the common people.


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