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After praise, Hazare targets Modi for corruption

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.

PTI



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

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