After praise, Hazare targets Modi for corruption
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:02
Ahmedabad: After praising Chief Minister Narendra Modi for developmental work in Gujarat, Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday did a U-turn saying he was dismayed at the levels of corruption in the state.

Hazare, who had faced criticism for praising Modi, observed that corruption was rampant in Gujarat and wrly said it has not even spared the state of Mahatma Gandhi.

The anti-graft crusader also said liquor flows more freely than milk in Gandhi's Gujarat where a prohibition law is in force.

"After coming here, I have realised that there are so many corruption cases here. So much corruption in Gandhiji's state," he said and urged Modi to quickly appoint a Lokayukta in Gujarat.

Hazare, a member of the Jan Lok Pal Bill drafting team, made these remarks during a public hearing by various civil society groups held at Gujarat Vidyapeeth here.

"Firstly bring Lokayukta here to empower the people and secondly give power to the Gram Sabhas," he said.

A law empowering gram sabhas is required in taking decisions regarding village land.

Taking another swipe at Modi, Hazare said, "In Gandhiji's state so much alcohol. Gujarat has more alcohol than it has milk," he said. Gujarat is one of the leading milk producing states in the country.

Hazare had earlier said that state chief ministers must learn from the work done by the chief ministers of Gujarat and Bihar.

His praise of Modi had fuelled a controversy and also came up for criticism from his own followers like social activist Medha Patkar. Hazare later sought to "clarify" that he was opposed to communalism.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:02

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