Anna Hazare hits out at Arvind Kejriwal after Shunglu Committee report, says was right in not joining AAP

Sohit Mishra
Hazare said that he was pained to read about the allegations levelled against the Delhi chief minister further adding that the report has proven that he was right in his decision of not joining the AAP.

New Delhi, Apr 8: Reacting on the Shunglu Committee Report that has accused Delhi government of ‘gross misuse of power’, anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Friday slammed Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal. Hazare said that he was pained to read about the allegations levelled against the Delhi chief minister further adding that the report has proven that he was right in his decision of not joining the AAP.

In a statement issued from Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare said that “I am pained by the Shunglu committee report because Arvind was with me in the fight against corruption. I had great hopes from the young and educated Kejriwal and felt that young people like him will create a corruption-free nation. But he has dashed all my hopes.”

Hazare further said that he wondered how power and position corrupt people so easily and also thanked god for giving him instinct in not joining the party. “When Arvind established the AAP, God gave me the instinct to not join the party, as it would bring dishonour. It’s because of this that since the day he formed the party, and even when he became the Chief Minister, I didn’t feel like meeting him even once,” the statement read. The 79-year-old social activist further added that Arvind Kejriwal had forgotten all the values which include sacrifice and ability to take insults. (Also Read: After Arvind Kejriwal’s promise, AAP to celebrate ‘House Tax Mukti Diwas’ today)

The Shunglu Committee was formed by former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to look into the decisions taken by the government. The Shunglu Committee in its report has blamed the Delhi government of “misuse of power” in providing official residence to Delhi Women’s Commission chairperson Swati Maliwal, appointment if Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter in a health project and allotting land for AAP office in Delhi.

According to experts, Anna Hazare’s comments ahead of the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections may be a negative point for the AAP. This is not the first time when Anna had openly opposed Arvind Kejriwal.

Commenting on Kejriwal’s demand of using ballot paper, Anna had previously said that such thinking was regressive. “Science and technology are making rapid progress; the world is developing fast; And here, we are talking about using the paper ballot for voting. This is regressive thought,” he said.