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Why Anna Hazare ditched Mamata Banerjee

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:30

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, known for losing her temper, is visibly angry. The firebrand leader is upset because she was Wednesday `ditched` by social activist Anna Hazare, who failed to turn up at the `joint rally` in Ramlila Maidan here.

Not long ago, Anna had endorsed Mamata for the PM`s post, saying she was the only leader in the country who had replied to his letter on 17-point agenda for the nation.

So, what changed overnight that Anna came to Delhi on Tuesday for the rally but did not attend it.
The official reason given by his aides was that the Gandhian was unwell.

“He was feverish and suffering from exhaustion. When the TMC leaders came to escort him to the venue, Hazare expressed his inability to accompany them,” Anna aide Datta Awari was quoted as saying.

But sources made it amply clear that the reason behind skipping the `joint rally` was something else.
Anna was reportedly not happy with the manner in which the rally was promoted. As per sources, the activist thought the rally had been publicised as a political event, and that people had been given the impression as to how the West Bengal Chief Minister had managed to get Anna for the rally.

All this, coupled with the fact that very few people had turned up for the rally, made Anna skip the event, as his `main motive` behind coming to Delhi was to address the people.

With people clearly giving a skip to the Ramlila Maidan, Anna had no reason to be there, sources stated.

Mamata had yesterday minced no words in stating that she didn`t care if others support her or not.

Addressing the rally, Mamata told the crowd: “Jo ladai humne shuru kari hai vo jaari rakhnege, chaahe koi saath de ya na de (we will carry on with the struggle which we have started, whether someone supports us or not).”

“I left my work to attend this rally, it was not a show of strength,” the firebrand leader said, adding it was Anna who wanted the rally to be held in Delhi.

Hinting that becoming the PM was not her ambition, she said, “I don`t want individual power; I want power for the public.”

Muddai lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, wahi hota hai jo manjoore Khuda hota hai,” she said further.

First Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:49

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