At Arvind Kejriwal's greatest hour in Delhi, his 'guru' Anna Hazare votes with feet

Written by PTI | Ralegan Siddhi | Updated: Dec 25 2013, 01:25am hrs
Arvind KejriwalAAP Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal with party leaders Manish Sisodiya and Kumar Vishwas in New Delhi. PTI
Anna Hazare is yet to receive an invitation for the swearing-in ceremony of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government and his (Kejriwal's) swearing-in as chief minister, in Delhi but would not attend even if he got one owing to ill-health.

"Nahi, abhi letter nahi aaya (No, the invitation has not come yet)," Anna Hazare said, when asked if he has received any invitation from his former protege for attending the oath taking ceremony.

"I will speak (to him) on December 26," Anna Hazare said.

Arvind Kejriwal has requested Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to allow him to take oath at the Ramlila Maidan on December 26, where Anna Hazare had launched his movement for the Jan Lokpal in 2011.

Asked if he would attend the swearing-in ceremony if he received the invitation, Anna Hazare said, "nahi, abhi toh mera tabiyat theek nahi (No, right now I am unwell)."

Hazare had yesterday declined to comment on the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP's decision to form the new government in Delhi, but added he would express his views when his former protege acts on the Lokayukta issue.

"Mein bolta hoon, Arvind Kejriwal par no comment. Koi baat nahi karna hai," Anna Hazare had said.

Asked about Kejriwal's party accepting outside support of Congress, Hazare said, "Whatever is good, let him do it... He will do whatever is right."

Hazare had parted ways with Arvind Kejriwal following his decision to form a political party. The relations between the Gandhian and the AAP convenor had hit a new low when he recently ordered a frontline leader of Kejriwal's party Gopal Rai to leave his fast venue and village after he engaged in a spat with former Army chief General V K Singh. Singh had slammed Arvind Kejriwal and others for having deserted Anna Hazare and formed a political party.

The AAP had immediately recalled Rai from Anna Hazare's fast venue.