Kejriwal has dashed all my hopes: Anna

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New Delhi: Social activist said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has violated laws and the Constitution. Giving his first reaction on the publication of Shunglu report findings on Saturday, the AAP convenor’s former mentor Hazare of the anti-corruption movement fame,  declared that he will never support what the AAP leader has done.

While self-styled, septuagenarian Gandhian has dissociated himself completely with Kejriwal, Delhi’s Anil Baijal early Saturday cancelled the office allotment to the ruling AAP, saying the allotment was made in clear violation of rules as power on land in the national capital are vested in the Centre.

It is the conduct of the Delhi Chief Minister in showing sheer disregard for rules and regulations, clear cases of nepotism and financial irregularities that has earned him the ire of Anna Hazare.

“He (Kejriwal) has dashed all my hopes,” the Ralegan Siddhi-based activist said this morning speaking to the news agency PTI.

“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,” Hazare said in a statement issued at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district.

“But he has dashed all my hopes,” Hazare said, adding he was pained to read about the allegations against Kejriwal in the Shunglu Committee report.

“He was my colleague in the fight against corruption. Then, I felt the educated, new generation could help rid the country of graft. But it was a big dream and it lies shattered,” Hazare said.

“When Kejriwal launched the Aam Aadmi Party, it was the Lord who gave me wisdom to keep away (from him) or even my reputation would be ruined,” Hazare said.

“Even after he became the chief minister, I never felt a desire to meet him. Now, I understand why he always used to address me as his ‘Guru’. The Lord has saved me,” the 79-year-old said.

With inputs from agencies

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