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Anna seeks Rajnath's help in installing own statue

india Updated: Jan 04, 2014 07:36 IST
Social activist Anna Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare has written to BJP chief Rajnath Singh, complaining that a leader of his party from Haryana is creating hurdles in the installation of his statue in Gurgaon. Hazare has urged Singh to help.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief on Friday met Hazare's Gurgaon-based activists at his Delhi residence following the letter.

"Anna wrote to the BJP chief that party's Haryana spokesperson, Umesh Aggarwal, was putting obstacles in the installation of his statue in Gurgaon. The Gurgaon police arrested four activists from the Anna camp on a fake complaint filed by Aggarwal," an activist told IANS.

In his letter, Hazare wrote, "Though I am against installing my own statue, an activist with me, PL Kataria, and his team, was keen to install the statue at a crossing (chowk) in Gurgaon. I request you (Rajnath) to help Kataria."

The letter was written December 29, 2013, and Hazare mentioned that Kataria has been working with him since his movement for the Lokpal bill first began. Kataria and four others were arrested by Gurgaon police April 15, 2012, as they were putting up a six-foot-tall statue of Hazare at the Sector 4-7 intersection here.

"We were arrested by police on a fake complaint filed by Umesh Aggarwal. The BJP leader said in his complaint that the Sector 4-7 intersection was named after freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, and could not be named after Anna Hazare," Kataria told IANS.

"An RTI application revealed that the Sector 4-7 chowk has no name," he added.

"We told Rajnath Singh that Aggarwal was busy in anti-social and anti-BJP activities. The party had expelled Aggarwal in 2010 for his activities for one year," Kataria said, adding that the BJP chief promised strict and stringent action in the matter.

Aggarwal fought the last Haryana assembly elections from Gurgaon on a BJP ticket, and lost. He was defeated by independent candidate Sukhbir Kataria (no relative of PL Kataria).

Sukhbir Kataria is now youth and sports minister of Haryana.