Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra: Anna Hazare, who is on the fourth day of a hunger strike in Maharashtra, angrily asked a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to leave his village today.
“It is his village, his wish will be respected,” said Gopal Rai, who got into an argument with former Army Chief, General VK Singh, and was then publicly told off by Anna. Report- NDTV.
Anna is fasting to pressure the government into urgently introducing the anti-corruption law, which commissions a national ombudsman or Lokpal empowered to investigate graft among elected representatives and bureaucrats.
Two years ago, Anna and Arvind Kejriwal galvanized India with their movement calling for the law. They parted ways a year ago when Mr Kejriwal decided to found the Aam Aadmi Party and enter politics.
Mr Kejriwal had deputed his aide, Gopal Rai, to represent the AAP at Anna’s fast in a show of support. While on stage with Anna, General VK Singh did not name the AAP but suggested it had betrayed Anna by making it seem like the veteran activist is a supporter of the party. Mr Rai snapped back. A spat followed, and Anna asked Mr Rai to leave the venue.
“Someone who is ingratiating himself with (Narendra) Modi to get a BJP ticket should not give us advice,” Mr Rai later said, referring to General Singh who was seen with the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in Haryana a few months ago.