Uma pledges full support to Hazare

Uma Bharti said she felt sorry that he had to apologise to her for the misbehaviour by some people who had heckled her when she visited the social activist at Jantar Mantar.

Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 21:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Pledging full support to Anna
Hazare on his fight against corruption, former BJP leader Uma
Bharti on Thursday said she felt sorry that he had to apologise to
her for the misbehaviour by some people who had heckled her
when she visited the social activist at Jantar Mantar.

In a letter to Hazare after he apologised to her earlier
in the day, Bharti said, "When you apologised to me and
criticised the uncivilised behaviour of some people saying
they were not your supporters, my trust and respect in you has
been strengthened. I am sorry that you had to do so."

She stated in the letter that yesterday`s incident had
not fazed her.

"I have always been with you and will always be with
you.... your battle against corruption is pure and historic...
Corruption is an enemy of the state and you can consider me a
soldier in your army," Bharti said.

She told reporters that she would again visit Hazare,
who is on an indefinite fast on the Jan Lokpal Bill issue, but
did not specify when she would do so.

Earlier in the day, Hazare had apologised to Bharti for
yesterday`s incident.

"I apologise to her. Some people shooed her away. I am
sad at this. Some people have done some wrong things," Hazare
said addressing a huge gathering of his followers and students
at Jantar Mantar.

The veteran Gandhian said everybody has the right to
come and sit at the dharna site where the public is sitting.

"We have adopted democracy. We cannot deny any body`s
right to sit here. But we are not allowing anybody to sit on
the dais as some people may try to take advantage of it. Some
people may use it to take mileage out of it," he said.

Talking to reporters here, Bharti clarified that she
had not gone to Jantar Mantar on an invitation from Hazare.

"Anna`s personal secretary had invited me on his behalf
to come and meet him. I had told him that there are reports of
visitors not being given respect there. After an assurance was
given I had gone there," she said.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister maintained
that only 40-50 people in the crowd at the agitation venue had
misbehaved while the others were supportive.

"Anna has shown his greatness by apologising. I respect
him a lot," she said.

Bharti said she is serving a legal notice to an English
news channel for calling her a "gate-crasher".

She asked the Central government to pay heed to demands
made by Hazare and warned that if "something happens to him",
the government will have to face dire consequences.

The firebrand Hindutva leader asked Hazare to also
think of building a forum comprising honest politicians,
bureaucrats and activists who can fill the vacuum that will be
created once the corrupt people are removed.

PTI