The Hush Post| 19:09 pm |two-minute-read
Social activist Anna Hazare has said that BJP used him to win the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
He said this sitting on a hunger strike at his village Ralegan-Siddhi over non-appointment of Lokpal by the central government. Hazare is on hunger strike and it already the sixth day of his strike.
“The BJP used me in 2014. Everybody knows that it was my agitation for Lokpal that catapulted BJP and Aam Aadmi Party AAP to power. Now I have lost all regards for them,” Hazare was quoted as saying by IANS.
Hazare believes the Narendra Modi-led NDA “is only misleading the people of the country and leading the country to autocracy.”
The BJP-led Maharashtra government was also lying to people for the past four years, he added.
“How long will the lies continue? This government has let down the people of the country. The state government’s claims that 90 per cent of my demands have been conceded are also false,” the octogenarian said.
Expressing his disappointment, Hazare said that the people who had benefitted from his agitations in 2011 and 2014 had turned their backs on his demands.
“They keep saying that central and state government ministers will come and discuss the issues with me. What’s the use of coming here and meeting me when nothing is being done to appoint Lokpal? It only sends a wrong signal to people. I have asked them to clear their stance on Lokpal first,” said Hazare. He said that he was willing to continue his fast and was confident that he can fast for five more days.
To a question, Hazare said that his former associate Arvind Kejriwal– now the Delhi Chief Minister – was welcome to join his current agitation. “But I will not permit him to share the dais with me,” said Hazare.
Earlier in the day, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Hazare and attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for ignoring the social activist.
Thackeray said like Modi, Kejriwal too used Anna and now doesn’t bother to check how he’s doing. “People didn’t know how he (Kejriwal) looked before Anna agitation. Now he doesn’t bother to pay a visit and see how he’s doing. Both Kejriwal and Modi used Anna and dumped him.” said Thackeray.