People’s vote influenced by money, alcohol: Anna

Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday reiterated his stand of not contesting elections.

Updated: Apr 28, 2012, 10:30 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday reiterated his stand of not contesting elections, saying that by doing so he would lose all his savings as voters get influenced by money and liquor.

Speaking at a programme organised by a leading Marathi daily Loksatta, Anna said, “I feel I should contest elections, but if I do so, I will lose my deposit... I will not do so.”

“Voters are not alert,” Hazare said. “An informed voter is the crux of democracy. In villages, even today if a Rs 500 note is waved in front of people they will vote for you, and a drunkard will vote for you if he is promised alcohol,” the anti-corruption crusader said at the programme.

Interestingly, some Team Anna members have expressed their desire to get into the electoral system.

Hazare these days is in Mumbai to mobilise support for a strong Lokayukta and had met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Thackeray`s estranged nephew and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) leader Raj Thackeray among other political leaders.

While Raj and Chavan had a cordial meeting with Anna, Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had refused to meet him.