Humbled by Hazare, Kejriwal seeks reason for change of heart

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 13:22 hrs

New Delhi: A day after Anna Hazare made it clear that he will not vote for his party, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he will talk to the activist to know why his impression of his party changed.

Kejriwal said he will talk to him soon.

"Let me ask him what is it that gave him that impression. If we are doing something wrong, we will change that," he told reporters here.

He said a few days ago Hazare had said that the party is "very good" and he will support them. "So I will ask him why did he say that," he said.

Hazare had on Thursday blamed Kejriwal's fascination for power for the split in the anti-graft movement and said that he will not vote for the Aam Aadmi Party, charging that it is going the same way as others by taking the path of 'money through power' and vice versa.

Blaming Arvind Kejriwal's fascination for power for the split in the anti-graft movement, Anna Hazare on Thursday said that he will not vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.

Asked whether his former aide has become "greedy" for power, the 75-year-old activist said, "It was right". He said that the AAP was headed the same way as others, 'money through power and power through money.'

"I thought I will (vote for AAP) but now it is moving towards the path of 'money through power and power through money', I will not be anywhere near them," he said at a two-day programme organised by Aaj Tak news channel.

Hazare has earlier said that he will support the party if it fields honest candidates and that he will campaign for Kejriwal if he fights against Union Minister Kapil Sibal.

"Earlier I used to think that Arvind is into selfless service. But I don't understand how this thought of entering politics came into his mind," Hazare said.

He also agreed and said it was Kejriwal's political ambition that led to the split.

"A movement was on for the first time after independence for system change. People were coming out. I thought a good movement has been evolved. There was a feeling that this will earn results. But at that time, I don't understand, how such a thinking came into his mind," Hazare said.

He said there was a need for unity in the fight for system change and against corruption among all including Kejriwal, Swami Ramdev and others.

"This revolution is not complete. We need to stand united. We all, Ramdev, Arvind, all should fight together. Arvind faltered. Ramdev also should severe links with communal organisations," he said.

On Narendra Modi, he said that there was a lot of corruption in Gujarat and as Chief Minister, he has not brought Lokayukta Bill in his state. "Why is he not bringing the bill? Everyone is into making money using power," he said.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Kejriwal and 200 party supporters were detained by Delhi Police for protesting outside Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit's residence, police said.

The party supporters reached the house at around 8 a.m. to protest against a demolition drive in Shaheen Bagh in south Delhi. They were detained around 12.30 p.m.

"We have detained Kejriwal and his supporters outside the CM's house and have taken them to the police station," a senior police officer said.

A Delhi government official said the demolition drive was done on the orders of the Delhi High Court to remove illegal structures erected on Delhi Development Authority land.

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