Anna Hazare says Arvind Kejriwal will make a good Chief Minister who works for the poor

"I am sure he will work for poor and downtrodden as a Chief Minister," said Hazare.

By: Express News Service Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune | Updated: February 10, 2015 6:31 pm
Social activist Anna Hazare Social activist Anna Hazare

The landslide victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi elections, activist Anna Hazare opined was a sign of disenchantment of the people with the NDA government in the centre. Hazare congratulated Kejriwal on his party’s phenomenal performance in Delhi assembly election and attributed BJP’s dismal performance to the government at the centre going back on its promises.

“I congratulate Arvind (Kejriwal) on his and his party’s peformance in Delhi. I am sure he will make a good chief minister. Although I don’t believe in political parties, I have always praised him (Kejriwal) despite his decision to join politics. He has a good character, honest will to improve the society, patriotism and he has no greed for power or money. I am not saying this for the first time. I have always held this belief and praised him. I am sure he will work for poor and downtrodden as a Chief Minister,” Hazare told reporters in his village Ralegan Siddhi.

“This is BJP’s defeat and also Modi’s. Because when he campaigned for the Lok Sabha polls, he sold a dream of Achhe Din (Good Days) to the voters. Many of us fell for that promise. However, in last eight months since he became the Prime Minister he has gone back on many promises including the promise of reining in the corruption, bringing back the black money. This had led to the party and Modi losing their credibility which is seen in today’s result,” said Hazare.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP bagged 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly. BJP which had fielded top cop and former team Anna member Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate was routed as the party won just 3 seats. The Delhi elections was marked by intense politicking which saw union ministers and senior BJP leaders campaigning for the party.

Asked what he would like to say to Kejriwal, he replied, “Arvind does’t need my advice. He is bright. He’s brighter than me. Last time he left the post of the Chief Minister in 49 days which disappointed many people but he accepted his mistake and apologised many times. I think this time he will stay through the course and do his duty as a Chief Minister,” said Hazare. Hazare said his health won’t permit him to attend the swearing in if invited.

While he was full of praise for Kejriwal, the 77-year-old veteran did not spare the opportunity to take potshots at BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi. “Kiran and I worked together for years but I did not have an inkling that she would join BJP. Is it possible to know what’s there in someone’s heart? She didn’t tell me anything,” he said.

Hazare blamed BJP Government at the centre for the party’s dismal performance in the Assembly polls.

“This is BJP’s defeat and also Modi’s. Because when he campaigned for the Lok Sabha polls, he sold a dream of Achhe Din (Good Days) to the voters. Many of us fell for that promise. However, in last eight months since he became the Prime Minister he has gone back on many promises including the promise of reining in the corruption, bringing back the black money. This had led to the party and Modi losing their credibility which is seen in today’s result,” said Hazare.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Vilas
    Feb 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm
    DEAR MR.KEJRIWAL , YOU HAVE GOT VOTES AND WON BY SHOWING LOLLIPOPS TO PEOPLE, BUT NOW THE TIME WILL COME WHEN YOU WILL NEED TO DELIVER THESE LOLLIPOPS AND IF YOU DON,T HAVE THEM , YOU WILL BE OUT SAME AS BJP . ANYWAYS BEST OF LOLLIPOP TO YOU
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