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Anna upset over Rahul meet fiasco

india Updated: Oct 20, 2011 00:21 IST
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Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday criticised Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for not meeting the sarpanch of his village. He supported the decision of the villagers not to make an attempt to meet Gandhi again.

Hazare, currently on a vow of silence, issued a statement to express his unhappiness over the empty-handed return of a delegation from his Ralegan Siddhi village.

“The sarpanch and others did not want anything from Rahul Gandhi, they just wanted to tell him about our village,” Hazare said.

“I am impressed with these youth, who said they would not meet him (Gandhi) again, even if they are called now and nor would they invite him to the village,” he said.

In a separate development, the Centre asked the Maharashtra government to ensure security for Hazare, following attacks on two of his team members recently. Reports about differences within Team Anna continued with the Archbishop of Delhi, Vincent M Concessao, also being reportedly unhappy with the movement turning political.

Although there was no word from him, sources close to him did not rule out the possibility of Concessao going the PV Rajagopal and Rajinder Singh way, both of whom opted out of the team on Tuesday.