Anna: Misled, skipped Delhi rally due to thin crowd

‘Now it is difficult to support Mamata’

New Delhi | Updated: March 15, 2014 5:04 am

Blowing the lid off an already suspected official line that Anna Hazare skipped a joint rally with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee due to ill health, the anti-graft crusader on Friday admitted he did not attend the public meeting at Ramlila Maidan because of thin attendance, and clarified his support was only for the West Bengal Chief Minister and not for her party.

He accused Santosh Bharatiya of Jantantra Morcha, which was instrumental in Hazare coming out to back Banerjee, of misleading him.

The anti-graft crusader  also said now it was difficult for him to support Banerjee. “No. Now, some such people, who deceive me, have got associated with Mamata Banerjee which makes it difficult for me to support her,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

About his absence in the rally, he said, “I kept checking. At 11(on Wednesday), I found out there were only 2,000-2,500 people at the rally, even at 2 0’clock there was no crowd – not even 4,000 people came. I thought something is amiss if the place that had been full of people for 12 successive days has no crowd. There were no people and they were calling me. This the dhokhadhadi (deceit),” he said. Pressed about who deceived him, he said: “It was Santosh Bharatiya.”  Bharatiya denied the allegation, saying it was “baseless”.

Hazare said the miscommunication had been such that while he had been under the impression it is a Trinamool rally, Banerjee had been told it was his rally.  He , however, said, “ I have a lot of respect for Mamataji and her simple lifestyle. She is the best Chief Minister… But that support is not for the party.”
Trinamool spokesman Derek O Brien tweeted: “After the rally Mamatadi graciously said what needed to be said. We wish him well.”

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    Adeel
    Mar 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    Does Anna eat gr ??? Did he not realise when the rally was planned ....???? Anna should stop all this non sense and sit at home or he should try and talk to colors and get him self in the big boss house... If nothing else after the show he will become a b endorse ...
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      AMANDEEP SINGH
      Mar 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm
      Anna Hazare is losing his credibility. He is changing his stands day by day. If he respected Mamta didi he could have attended the rally for her. Mamta Banerjee should now avoid teeming up with Anna as she holds much more respect than him.
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        Rudrapratap
        Mar 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
        Anna is a irrelevant old fool and poseur. He should stay in his village and preach temperance.
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          avinash
          Mar 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm
          Anna seems to be a stupid man. Through his stupidity the country now faces an extremely destructive farce called AK/AAP and now he continues with his ic ventures. I think age has caught up with him and he should gracefully retire and let things run their course.
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            Sanjay
            Mar 14, 2014 at 10:58 am
            Anna Hazare lost his sheen long time ago because of his flip-flops! He's an astute politician who's been promoted by BJP/RSS, just like his protege Arvind Kejriwal. There are dozens of videos of him on Youtube showing him sharing the stage with hindu hardliners. Anna has made numerous somersaults, complete U-turns before, thus losing people's trust and respect. To put it politely, he's no better than the politicians he calls corrupt! The fact remains that nobody really takes him seriously now, hence nobody attends his rally. Nobody can keep fooling people ad-infinitum!
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              AAM AADMI
              Mar 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm
              He has lost her sense. His retion is at stake. He is counting the number of people in the audience and then checking whether that is enough for listening his speech. It is better he takes a sanyas from public life, goes to his own village and spend the rest of his life there with mission of development as he was doing, not getting tangled in the dirty cespool any more. BJP may at the best use him and throw him when he becomes a burden.
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                AAM AADMI
                Mar 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm
                Unfortunately, he has lost his senses, may be due to age related problems. His retion is at stake. He is counting the number of people in the audience and then checking whether that is enough for listening his speech. It is better he takes a sanyas from public life, goes to his own village and spend the rest of his life there with mission of development as he was doing, not getting tangled in the dirty cesspool any more. BJP may at the best use him and throw him when he becomes a burden.
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                  Arun
                  Mar 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm
                  Mr. Anna Hazare - It is the people who have been misled by you and henceforth stopped following you. You can call for a rally in any city of India and see the response for yourself.
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                    Zen Bhatia
                    Mar 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                    The old man is nothing more than a JOKE and he should be left alone. Rather the media should give more attention to the burning issues of the public, and ask political parties who has programs to resolve them and HOW? Leave who will be the next PM for the party to decide after the election but help the people to whom they give their votes and WHY?
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                      deepak gopalan
                      Mar 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm
                      Anna like CM Mamata Banerjee because she is the only person said that after election Anna azare is the right person for PM post of India,,,,,,,,,,He is also dreaming of becoming Prime minister of India
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                        Delhiwallah
                        Mar 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm
                        Anna says he respects Mamata for her sacrifice, her character, her ideology. He must also this: her madness.
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                          fortune
                          Mar 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm
                          The real fact that Anna skipped the rally is due to the poor audience and he said he is been misled..yes sure he is been diverted not only mamta but many others before like kiran bedi and VK sing too on his jokepal issue.Now people are already thrown away you to the dust bin and don't blame mamata and the poor audience
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                            Leo Frank
                            Mar 14, 2014 at 11:29 am
                            Will Shri Anna Hazare tell how a single Mamta could address all the complicated issues of governance? If her party is not fine, then how would she be able to deliver governance man??
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                              Rej
                              Mar 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm
                              Anna is not a simpleton as has been advertised so far..he is an who has misled the country for long. he has big ego without any brain.
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                                John Smith
                                Mar 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm
                                And we thought that Anna was a crowd-puller!!!! That's what Mamta also thought
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                                  kalyan
                                  Mar 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm
                                  Anna got a free ride on Arvind Kejriwal's back and thought it he who was the doer. Worthless person.
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                                    Ketan
                                    Mar 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm
                                    Anna has become a Joker
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                                      mani
                                      Mar 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm
                                      so will dear great Anna will attend gatherings only when he is satisfied with the crowd strength?
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                                        Naim Naqvi
                                        Mar 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm
                                        Anna Ji needs some well deserved rest.............
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                                          Nitin
                                          Mar 14, 2014 at 11:22 am
                                          Anna too seems to be playing politics. The problem of todays politics is that nobody can be believed. Mamata is afterall a politician. All blame each other for the wrongs in the country. Whatever good has been done is dine by Congress.
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                                            Paddy Singh
                                            Mar 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm
                                            How can Mamta be praised as the best CM but not her party. The old man is going senile
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