Kejriwal requests Anna not to fast; supporters protest at 7 RCR
Anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare today said that India had no future with Congress and BJP. He also said that he would not contest elections or form any political party. Anna's ultimatum to Centredelhi Updated: Jul 28, 2012 19:54 IST
Anna Hazare's close aide Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the social activist not to sit on fast citing his health even as supporters protested at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh residence.
"His health is not well. We lost Mahatma Gandhi at a wrong time, We lost Jaiprakash Narayan early and we cannot afford to lose Anna now. So I request Anna not to fast," he said.
Scores of people suspected to be supporters of Team Anna staged a demonstration at 7 Race Course Road, the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Police have taken several protestors into custody.
The protestors allegedely pelted stones at the PM's residence.
However, India Against Corruption (IAC) media coordinator Aswathi Murlidharan said the protest at 7 RCR was not organised by them.
Setting the tone for his fast, Hazare attacked the Congress and BJP saying the country's future does not lie safe in their hands and talked about the need for a political alternative in the 2014 elections, during which he will campaign for those with clean background selected by people.
However, he declared he will not contest the elections or form a party.
He also accused the government of cheating the people repeatedly on lokpal and said he was forced to fast again and again, which is "not a happy thing".
"I will fight for Jan Lokpal till I die," said Hazare, whose four-day ultimatum to government on a decision on his demands ends on Saturday or else he goes on fast.
Hazare and Kejriwal spoke on a similar vein on the low turnout at the venue attacking political parties and the media.
While Hazare took a dig at parties saying even during election rallies major portions of venues remain empty, his aide targeted the media alleging they do not have the courage to highlight "flop shows" of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
"People say Anna has flopped. There is a design to make Anna flop. Corrupt people are hoping that Anna flops. If Anna flops, the country will flop," he said while Hazare noted, "the colour of your spectacle determines the colour you see."
Weekend provided some respite for Team Anna as moderate crowds turned up at their indefinite fast on Saturday.
Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai were fasting since Wednesday morning at Jantar Mantar against corruption and for a strong lokpal. Hazare said he will sit on fast from Sunday.
Team Anna has accused 14 cabinet ministers including the Prime Minister of corruption and demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the charges.
Hazare and his team members have also been demanding setting up of a fast track court to try criminal cases against MPs and a SIT to look into allegations against some of the political parties' chiefs.
Anna Hazare : "Now that Pranab Mukherjee is President its not right to attack his office and post. That's why I congratulated him"— barkha dutt (@BDUTT)
Its not about Anna Hazare. Its about fighting corruption and killing it. Every Indian must commit himself to that one task.— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy)
First Published: Jul 28, 2012 14:22 IST