Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who has been critical of nepotism in politics, has said he was not told of the Trinamool Congress’s decision to field West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek in the elections.
Speaking to The Indian Express on phone from Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare, who declared support for the TMC recently, said, “I do not know (about the decision to field Abhishek) so I cannot comment on it.
You should ask her (Mamata) about that. I have not seen the list that they have announced. Neither do I know about the rally schedule. It is being worked out by people from both sides and they will let me know where I have to visit.”
Hazare and Banerjee are set make a joint announcement on Friday about a proposed TMC Ramlila rally on March 12.
A source close to Hazare defended the decision to field Abhishek. “This cannot be termed nepotism. It is not as if the person has been sprung on the party upon his return from abroad as has happened in many other parties. He has worked hard to reach here. That is what differentiates Mamata from the likes of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav,” said a close aide of Hazare.
He will leave for Bengaluru on March 5 and undergo naturopathy treatment there for 10 days.