Anna Hazare unwell, not to attend Arvind Kejriwal`s swearing-in ceremony

Last Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 19:11

Ralegan Siddhi: Anna Hazare on Thursday said he would not be attending his one time protege Arvind Kejriwal`s swearing-in ceremony in Delhi on Saturday owing to ill-health.
"I am not well," Hazare said when asked whether he will be travelling to Delhi on December 28 to attend the ceremony.

When questioned again, Hazare said, "I can`t say right now, I am not well."

The Delhi Chief Minister-designate had said earlier in the day that he would personally invite his "guru" Hazare for the ceremony.

"Anna Hazare is my guru and I would personally talk to him on phone to invite him for the ceremony," he said.
"The invitation would be sent from the government`s side and I had asked them to send an invitation to Hazare, Kiran Bedi and Justice Santosh Hegde," Kejriwal said.

The Gandhian had two days back said that he is yet to receive an invitation for the swearing-in ceremony but would not attend even if he got one owing to ill-health.

Hazare had earlier declined to comment on the Kejriwal-led AAP`s decision to form the new government in Delhi, but added he would express his views when his former prot?g? acts on the Lokayukta issue.

Hazare had parted ways with Kejriwal following his decision to form a political party.

The relations between the Gandhian and the AAP convener had hit a new low when he recently ordered a frontline leader of Kejriwal`s party Gopal Rai to leave his fast venue and village after he engaged in a spat with former Army chief General V K Singh. Singh had slammed Kejriwal and others for having deserted Hazare and formed a political party.

The AAP had immediately recalled Rai from Hazare`s fast venue.

The Maharashtra government had in 2006 passed the Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act which mandates that an officer cannot be transferred no sooner and no later than three years, except in an emergency or in exceptional circumstances.

"We demanded that a law should be made according to which, an officer will only be transferred after completing three years in service. The Maharashtra government issued a law in 2006 in this respect. Now, there is no injustice done to honest officers," Hazare said.

"Just now we got to know that some ministers want to re-enact this law. They are demanding that the transfer should rest with ministers. We have issued a letter that if this law is repealed, then we will start a state-wide movement against this. After a long movement, this law was established, and now they are coming back on the same track," he added.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 19:05

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