Anna distances himself from Kejriwal, warns of another protest

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 18:42 hrs

New Delhi: Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday reiterated his earlier stand that he was never keen to enter into the political battlefield, and said that he is not part of his former associate Arvind Kejriwal's newly-founded political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"I have said this right from the outset that I am not part of any political group or party and I maintain that stance even today. As for Arvind Kejriwal, I don't want to say anything," he told mediapersons here.

Hazare said that he had always distanced himself from any election.

"I don't believe in politics. Had I any belief in politics then in my younger days, I would have participated in the village council elections, or the society elections or the district council elections," said Hazare.

"But from the beginning I have decided that I don't trust politics because politics is only minting money from power and getting power from money. Today the most important task is to impose public rule over politics," he added.

Hazare further warned that he would resort to another mass protest before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections if the government does not enact a strong and effective Lokpal Bill.

"We will see how the Lokpal Bill takes shape, or else, to get a strong Lokpal Bill we would have to start another protest before the 2014 parliament elections and after that there is a fight of 20 to 25 years to achieve the desired change, problems of farmers, labourers, all these need to be addressed and it would take 20 to 25 years to fight these problems. We need to gather like-minded people for this fight and then move forward," he said.

The Lokpal Bill became a rallying cry for Anna Hazare and his aides last year, when they called for the setting up of an institution to probe corruption in the Congress-led UPA Government.

In the 2011 Winter Session of Parliament, the Lok Sabha gave the bill its assent, but disruptions in Rajya Sabha proceedings saw the bill delayed.

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