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Anna Hazare Happy With AAP's Performance in Delhi Polls

With Aam Admi Party leading in a number of constituencies in Delhi, Anna Hazare today said Arvind Kejriwal could become chief minister one day and warned Congress that people will teach a lesson to it in the Lok Sabha elections.

Hazare, who had refused to campaign for Kejriwal's party, expressed happiness over AAP's performance in the Delhi elections where Sheila Dikshit has served as Chief Minister for 15 years.

"Definitely. Delhi is the Centre of politics of country's politics. It is not an easy task to defeat a government which is ruling there with just a broom in hand.

"The old parties have a lot of money. I feel happy that in such a situation, his party has emerged victorious and got 24 seats," Hazare told reporters when asked about AAP's performance.

At the same time, he cautioned Kejriwal against allying with any other party saying, "If an alliance government (Khichdi sarkar) is made, then it is of no use. In such a government, corruption rules the roost. He should not take the support (of any other party).

"If it is not possible to form a government, fresh elections should be held."

The Gandhian said people voted for Kejriwal's party as they felt it will be more concerned about them and hailed what they have done.

"One day he will become Chief Minister on the strength of his party workers," Hazare said about Kejriwal.

He criticised the Congress, which has fared badly in other Assembly polls as well, saying, "Congress was in power for at least 50 years. What was impossible for it? Why did they not bring good laws on Right to reject, Lokpal, Right to Recall."

Hazare said Congress makes rules like allowing one to contest from jail while not caring to make good laws.

"If Congress does not mend its ways even after this, then people will teach it more such lessons in the Lok Sabha elections," Hazare said.

Defending his decision not to campaign for Kejriwal and AAP, he said, "It is a party and so it is difficult for me (to campaign). I do not campaign for any political party."

"I believe in the Constitution and not in parties. I told Kejriwal that I won't be able to come and campaign in Delhi. I have more faith in the Constitution than the political parties," Hazare said adding, "I don't have any personal differences with Kejriwal."

Asked if AAP would have got more seats had he campaigned there, Hazare said, "Definitely, there would have been an impact."

The results in four states have shown that Congress has got fruits of its karma, Hazare said.

In the 50 years of its rule in the country, Congress indulged in massive corruption and voters have given their reply, he said.

"In the Lok Sabha polls also, there will be a wave against Congress," the Gandhian said.

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5/D-176
Dec 09, 2013
04:05 PM

Holding Elections repeatedly is Waste of Public money. Rather than be adamant on not joining hands either AAP should join hands with BJp or take support of CONgress for forming govt at delhi.

Ramki_Uncensored, Delhi
4/D-140
Dec 08, 2013
07:20 PM

Anna was under the impression that electoral politics might corrupt Kejriwal. However, Kejriwal has demonstrated that it is possible to run an electoral campaign in a clean and honest manner. It takes largeness of heart to admit that one has made a mistake. Anna has this quality which is why he praised Kejriwal even though Anna still does not believe that participating in politics is a good idea. He still believes that political activism is good enough to bring about societal transformation, something he has been able to achieve to some extent in his home village, Ralegaon Siddhi.

Winning an election and fulfulling the aspirations of the people are two different things. The real test for Kejriwal is when he is entrusted with the responsibility of running a government are two different things. One just hopes that the AAP does not go the TMC way.

D.L.Narayan, Visakhapatnam
3/D-138
Dec 08, 2013
07:06 PM

Poor Anna.  He has lost credibility.  Now he should shut up and start his promised suicide mission from 10th of December. 

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
2/D-129
Dec 08, 2013
05:42 PM

Mysgonist well said sir,the old man went with Dubious Bedi.

Bedi found nothing wrong with Ghadkari inspite off skeleton companies which laundered money in Purti.Anna went with her.

Now that Kejriwal has proved that he has it in him to inspire a change ,Anna has come out and praised Kejriwal.

The lesson for the Nationalists on this site,be fair and dont get carried away by politics of double speak.

harun, chennai
1/D-112
Dec 08, 2013
03:42 PM

Idiot should have lended support from the beginning itself

Misogynist, Chennai
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