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Skipped rally at Ramlila because I was misled: Anna

india Updated: Mar 15, 2014 00:17 IST
HT Correspondent
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Social activist Anna Hazare ruled out his support to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee saying that "some people who deceive" has got associated with her and blamed the poor turn-out of people at Ramlila Maidan for not turning up there at TMC's rally on Wednesday.

Breaking silence over TMC fiasco, Hazare said accused Santosh Bharti of cheating him by assuring that there would be a huge crowd at the Maidan for the rally.

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"I had skipped the rally because not even 4,000 people have come to attend it and he was misled," Hazare said, before leaving for Ralegaon Siddi.

Hazare made it clear that he was not supporting Mamata for the Prime Minister's post claiming that he was against backing any political party. It was a U-turn on his earlier statement where he described Banerjee as the best candidate for the prime minister's post saying she was "humble" and "down to earth".

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"Now, some such people, who deceive me, have got associated with Mamata Banerjee which makes it difficult for me to support her," the social activist said while responding to a question about his change in stance.

Hazare has caused a huge embarrassment to Banerjee by skipping a joint rally on grounds of ill-health and had avoided media for two days. Looking composed, Hazare said he has told Banerjee to stop using his name in Trinamool's advertisement campaign for the polls.

The rally fiasco was such a setback for the social activist that he had decided against backing independents outside Maharashtra.

However, Hazare would be starting a programme against corruption from March 23, the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev from Punjab. The new Team Anna had got support of different civil society bodies from different parts of the country for the programme.

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