1. Anna Hazare gives qualified OK to Rahul Gandhi, but snubs on sharing spotlight

Anna Hazare gives qualified OK to Rahul Gandhi, but snubs on sharing spotlight

Anna Hazare on Sunday said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi can join the movement but would have to sit with the common man.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2015 8:38 AM
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Anna Hazare on Sunday said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi can join the movement but would have to sit with the common man. (Tashi Tobgyal)

A day before launching a protest here against what he termed the “anti-farmer” land ordinance, social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi can join the movement but would have to sit with the common man.

The 77-year-old Gandhian also said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govt’s Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, may join the protest but whether his constitutional post would be respected for him to be given space on the stage would be decided at a meeting he is holding today.

“The land ordinance is against the farmers. In an agriculturally dominated nation, when there is torture on farmers, then all the people should stand united.

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Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on the inaugural day of his campaign against the government’s land acquisition ordinance in New Delhi on Monday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

“So we want that any opposition party, or be it Arvind Kejriwal, all the workers should work together to take this agitation forward,” said Hazare, adding that the Delhi Chief Minister had expressed a desire to join the agitation.

“I told him (Kejriwal) that workers should not come on to the stage, they can join the agitation. We will talk on this in detail as I am meeting him tomorrow. We will talk and figure out the next plan of action,” he told NDTV yesterday.

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“Arvind is now the CM. Not Arvind as a person but being a chief minister, whether we have to respect his post or not that we will decide tomorrow. If everybody decides that Arvind should sit on the stage, then I don’t have any problem…” Hazare added.

Asked about Congress wanting to support his agitation, the anti-corruption activist said that political parties manipulate such situations but at the same time maintained that the Congress Vice President “can come and sit among the public” if he wants to join the agitation.

Hazare, along with farmers’ bodies, will be holding a two- day protest starting today — when the Budget Session of the Parliament too gets underway — against the ordinance at Jantar Mantar here.

“This (land) ordinance is against the farmers and in favour of the corporates. It seems to be ‘Achhe Din’ only for the corporates,” he said.

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    anwar
    Feb 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm
    I do respect Mr Anna Hazare atleast there must be check n balances in the system as we all know there are three main system in India namely Executive, Police and Judiciary. But some times, this also becomes necessary as to put pressure. What is pros n cons, can be debatable but ultimately the system should be transparent and beneficiary to public at large.
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      Sanjay
      Feb 23, 2015 at 9:53 pm
      This person Mr. Anna Hazare so called social activist & hian is totally dishonest person and does U turns whenever it suits his convenience. He joins hand with Ms. Mamta and when he didn't get the publicity he ditches her. At one point he is severely critical of Mr. Arvind saying that AAP is using his photo's for the election campaign and luckily this time AAP has not used his name anywhere in their Delhi Election campaign because Mr. Arvindji knows pretty well if he uses Mr. Annaji name AAP may get any additional votes. Since AAP won a resounding victory Mr. Anna will say because of him only AAP has won. Many Indians know that this person Mr. Anna always looks for cheap publicity and will do anything to be in the limelight & to be in the focus of the media.
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