Until he went to sleep on Friday night,anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare was unsure about sending greetings to his one-time protege Arvind Kejriwal on his swearing-in day. Just before he went to sleep,his personal assistant had asked him if he would like to call up Kejriwal or send him a message as he was scheduled to take oath as Delhi chief minister the next morning.
However,the activist did not reply.
At 8 am on Saturday,however,Anna called up his assistant and asked him to visit his temporary residence at Hind Swaraj Trust hostel and collect a four-line good luck note that he had scribbled for Kejriwal and mail it to him.
I am unwell and cannot come to Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony. I congratulate you on this day and give my best luck. My best wishes to all the other Aam Aadmi Party members who will take oath today (Saturday)…all the best for future journey, he wrote in the note.
At 10.40 am,about an hour before the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi,Hazare came out of his room for his usual meetings with visitors. When mediapersons sought an interaction,Hazare,who seemed to be feeling uneasy,refused. Whatever I had to say (about Kejriwals swearing-in ceremony),I have said in the letter. I dont want to talk to the media about it anymore, he said.
However,he finally agreed to speak to reporters only after they promised him that they wont ask him any question. Just read out whatever you have written, said one of the reporters.
After he read out his message to Kejriwal,the unrelenting reporters asked him about his expectations from Kejriwal as the Delhi chief minister. We worked together for many years. I am sure he will be a good chief minister, said Anna.
After his brief interaction with the media,Anna headed to his room and locked himself up. His aides later said the activist was watching Kejriwals swearing-in ceremony on TV. He communicated with his aides through a window.
Apparently,the activist had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and his aides were seeking instructions to make corrections in the typed copies through the window.
Forty minutes later,when the ceremony got over,he came out of his room and met a few visitors. He also posed for photographs with some visiting schoolchildren. However,as soon as he sensed mediapersons approaching,he swiftly slipped back into his room but not before issuing a stern warning to them. (I) wont utter a word on Kejriwal. I have said what I had to… he said.